Democratic Politicians Are Throwing Around the New Buzzword ‘Reparations,’ But Are They Really Serious?

Atlanta Black Star , Wednesday, April 24, 2019
The concept of the government paying reparations to the descendants of enslaved Africans is by no means new. Since the unrealized promise of “40 acres and a mule,” Black people have promoted the issue of reparations, envisioned what reparations should look like in terms of scope, nature... Read More »

Taking Reparations Seriously

The Bulwark, Tuesday, April 23, 2019
In 2014, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote his seminal essay “The Case For Reparations.” Five years later we are talking about reparations again. This presents a fresh opportunity for Americans at large—liberals, conservatives and everyone of goodwill—to thoughtfully consider the ways in which... Read More »

Applying a racial equity lens to fines and fees in the District of Columbia

D.C. Policy Center, Monday, April 22, 2019
In recent years, jurisdictions across the country have increasingly turned to fines and fees[1]both as a policy mechanism and as a way to generate much-needed revenue, especially after the budget crunch from the Great Recession.[2] However, unlike taxes, fines and fees are usually the same for... Read More »

What’s the Best Way to Give Reparations?

Medium, Monday, April 22, 2019
In2014, Ta-Nehisi Coates published a historic essay in The Atlanticmaking, as the headline of the piece suggests, the case for reparations. Coates was clear in his conviction that reparations have not been paid to African Americans because of a function of the country’s lingering... Read More »

Jazz and Justice: African Deep Thought Interview with Dr. Darity

WPFW, Monday, April 22, 2019
Jazz and Justice - African Deep Thought Interview with Dr. Darity Listen to the interview here. 

At Georgetown University, a vote for justice

The Telegraph, Sunday, April 21, 2019
While many are confounded by the subject of reparations for slavery, students at Georgetown University have acted on the courage of their convictions. America, take note. These students have seen how the legacy of slavery manifests itself in racial disparities - in health, wealth, housing and... Read More »

Could Reparations Help Close the American Racial Divide?

The National Interest, Thursday, April 18, 2019
As a Jewish child who escaped Nazi Germany, and whose extended family perished in the concentration camps, I got a check from the German government. It did nothing to change my feelings about the Holocaust or Germany. The same problem is faced by those who have been calling in the recent days for... Read More »

Durham celebrates its 150th birthday, revisits its past

Duke Chronicle, Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Last Wednesday, Durham turned 150 years old.  The city hosted a celebration at the American Tobacco Ampitheater Saturday, which it said would feature free birthday cake, live performances, an inflatable bull race and a keynote speech by Mayor Steve Schewel.  In... Read More »

Modern Monetary Theory, explained

Vox, Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Modern Monetary Theory is having a moment. The theory, in brief, argues that countries that issue their own currencies can never “run out of money” the way people or businesses can. But what was once an obscure “heterodox” branch of economics has now become a major topic of debate... Read More »

The black-white wage gap is growing. It’s worse in Texas.

Houston Chronicle, Tuesday, April 16, 2019
The longest bull market in history. Record low unemployment. Robust jobgrowth. But as the U.S. economy races ahead, it is leaving black workers behind, according to government data and several studies. Despite one of the the longest economic expansions in U.S. history, black workers... Read More »