Is America Ready to Make Reparations?

The New Yorker, Friday, May 24, 2019
Late in the Civil War, the Union general William T. Sherman confiscated four hundred thousand acres of land from Confederate planters and ordered it redistributed, in forty-acre lots, to formerly enslaved people—a promise revoked by President Andrew Johnson almost as soon as it was made. More than... Read More »

What Reparations for Slavery Might Look Like in 2019

New York Times, Thursday, May 23, 2019
If you’re surprised that the issue of reparations for black Americans has taken so long to resolve, blame the president. President Andrew Johnson. As the Civil War wound down in 1865, Gen. William T. Sherman made the promise that would come to be known as “40 acres and a mule” —... Read More »

New Bull City 150 Exhibit on Durham's Education Struggle

Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy, Thursday, May 23, 2019
The Bull City 150 project will open a new public exhibit, "The Schools We All Deserve: The struggle for educational equity in Durham, N.C.," on May 31, 2019, at the W.G. Pearson Center, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit explores the history of education in Durham from the 1800s to the present, and... Read More »

Black Capitalism Won’t Save Us

The Nation, Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Last month, Jay-Z fumbled his tribute to the slain rapper and entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle. Performing a eulogy freestyle in New York City’s Webster Hall, he told his audience they could best honor Nipsey Hussle’s legacy by claiming eminent domain over their neighborhoods and gentrifying their... Read More »

Racial wealth gap is vast: 2020 Democrats have plans to close it

NBC News , Monday, May 20, 2019
If you’ve been to an event with a Democrat running for president this year, there's a good chance you’ve heard about it: the racial wealth gap. Candidates are regularly bringing up the fact that the typical black family has only one-tenth the assets of the typical white family — a divide that... Read More »

Can the Spoiled Fruits of Racism Be Taken On without Speaking of Race?

Nonprofit Quarterly, Monday, May 20, 2019
An article by Emily Badger in the New York Times looks at the political landscape and suggests that those wanting to eliminate the financial repercussions of structural racism may wish to express their arguments through more race-neutral terms and policies or risk having them struck down... Read More »

Backlash against cashless stores as more U.S. jurisdictions require businesses to accept bills

CBC, Saturday, May 18, 2019
In the heart of downtown San Francisco, Organic Coup is a fast-food joint that's right on trend: It's all organic, and it's all cashless. That suits customers like Robert Goldenberg. "The fact of the matter is, I don't think I've carried a significant amount of cash in the last five... Read More »

Students need more than an SAT adversity score, they need a boost in wealth

Brookings, Friday, May 17, 2019
Standardized tests that are used for the purposes of college admissions don’t predict college success very well. Scores on the widely used SAT and ACT tests only predict adequately for grades earned in a student’s first year in college. And those scores are worse predictors for black and... Read More »

Sandy Darity has some thoughts about inequality

Duke Magazine, Thursday, May 16, 2019
The clip lasts just five minutes, but little about it seems right. Sure, Sandy Darity is talking about one of his ideas to combat the racial wealth gap, but absent are his laidback nature, his ubiquitous laugh. It’s July 2018, and Darity’s the guest on Bloomberg’s What’d You Miss? His... Read More »

Where Do Food Banks Fit in to the Fight for a Green New Deal?

Civil Eats, Thursday, May 16, 2019
Americans are suffering from hunger and food insecurity at alarming rates. As a result, emergency food networks have expanded significantly across the United States since the early 1980s; they’ve also become more institutionalized. This trend is especially apparent in the 200 food banks operating... Read More »