2020 Democrats are trying to redefine the idea of reparations

CNN, Tuesday, February 26, 2019
The issue of reparations -- usually interpreted as making financial amends to African-Americans for centuries of slavery, racism and inequality -- has again entered the political conversation after several Democratic presidential candidates expressed support for the idea. Sen. Kamala Harris of... Read More »

What Is Your Reaction to Obama’s Speech Giving Advice to Young Men of Color?

The New York Times, Monday, February 25, 2019
Do you ever get advice from people of different generations? If so, do you find the advice insightful or helpful? Do you ever find that it misses the mark? Last week former President Barack Obama spoke in Oakland, Calif., at a town hall for My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative to mentor young... Read More »

Haitian, Jamaican or American ... If you’re black in Miami, odds are you’re struggling

Miami Herald, Monday, February 25, 2019
A new study sheds light on the yawning gap in wealth in the Miami area between white households and households of color. Among non-white groups, it is Miami-area households identifying as black that continue to suffer most, according to the authors of the study, “The Color of Wealth in Miami... Read More »

Why Does Obama Scold Black Boys?

The New York Times, Saturday, February 23, 2019
On Tuesday, former President Barack Obama spoke in Oakland, Calif., at a town hall for My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative to mentor young black men that he started after George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin in 2012. He and the basketball player Stephen Curry discussed mentorship, masculinity... Read More »

Three 2020 Democrats say ‘yes’ to race-based reparations – but remain vague on details

The Washington Post, Friday, February 22, 2019
Three leading Democratic presidential candidates have recently signaled their support for some form of “reparations” for black Americans, broadly, if vaguely, backing the idea of compensating the descendants of enslaved people in the United States. Sens. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth... Read More »

2020 Democrats Embrace Race-Conscious Policies, Including Reparations

New York Times, Thursday, February 21, 2019
From the very first day of the 2020 presidential race, when Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts blamed “generations of discrimination” for black families earning far less than white households, Democratic hopefuls have broadly emphasized racial justice and closing the wealth gap in their... Read More »

Could Reparations Fix Our Economy? Professor William Darity Speaks

The Female Solution, Wednesday, February 20, 2019
American society is in shambles with crime, violence and poverty across the land, largely because the country was launched with an economic system based on forced free labor from a large group of people, who, in order to continue to produce wealth for a small few, had to be denied education and... Read More »

The case for helping the “unwilling to work”

Vox, Wednesday, February 20, 2019
One aspect of the Green New Deal, according to a summary that appeared briefly on a congressional website, would be to provide “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.” Those last three words offered such fodder to Fox News that the summary was withdrawn and supporters such... Read More »


Duke Chronicle, Wednesday, February 20, 2019
In a year of milestones, the Samuel Dubois Cook Society paid special recognition Tuesday night to Vice President Benjamin Reese for his long leadership on institutional equity, and remembered the passing of Phail Wynn and Dr. Brenda Armstrong, two campus pioneers who changed Duke and Durham for the... Read More »

Beyond the Rising Tide: Reparations for Slavery Have to Be More Than a Symbol

The Intercept, Wednesday, February 20, 2019
WHEN HIP-HOP radio host Charlamagne tha God asked Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris if they had a “specific agenda” for black Americans on his show, “The Breakfast Club,” earlier this month, it was clear that neither did. “I have a specific agenda for the American people,” started Booker... Read More »