What the Big New Study About Race and Mobility Doesn’t Tell Us

The Nation, Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Sources of non-wage income like stock options and inherited wealth vary greatly by race. Given the history of housing discrimination and job discrimination in the United States, inherited resources vary greatly. The Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances found that 26 percent of... Read More »

What to See at Duke This Week: Hank Aaron

Duke Today, Monday, April 9, 2018
"Like many African-American baseball stars of the 1960s, Hank Aaron was as much a leader in his communities as he was on the field; in his case, Aaron’s wife Billye was with him matching his efforts. A career of promoting K-12 education – and their long friendship with Samuel DuBois Cook – brings... Read More »

Research finds black mothers’ infant mortality rate is about twice that of white women, and education doesn't help

CBSN Live, Friday, April 6, 2018
The infant mortality rate (IMR) is a key national indicator of population health. Despite technological advances in medicine, the IMR in the United States is exceptionally high relative to other developed countries — particularly for black infants. A new co-­released report from the Samuel... Read More »

Black infant mortality is more than twice as high as white infant mortality rate

Duke Chronicle, Thursday, April 5, 2018
Although medical advances in the past century have reduced infant mortality around the globe, the U.S. rate is still high compared to other developed countries. But the situation is even worse for black infants.  A new report from Duke’s Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity along with... Read More »

The Government Should Guarantee Everyone a Good Job

The Nation, Wednesday, April 4, 2018
The idea of a good-jobs guarantee is, after being lost for decades, returning to the limelight. Scholars, led by William Darity and Darrick Hamilton, are articulating updated and concrete versions of the vision. Mainstream news outlets are reporting on their work. And ambitious politicians—most... Read More »

Examining Slavery’s Legacy In Politics, Economics and In Stone

Duke Today, Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Poor scholarship can reinforce false narratives about black inferiority, said Duke economist William A. “Sandy” Darity Jr. “Economists more than any other discipline have been engaged in the process of arguing that discrimination cannot be persistent – and therefore it must be going away... Read More »

BC150 Recipient of Fair Housing Advocacy Award

City of Durham Human Relations Council, Tuesday, April 3, 2018
The Human Relations Commission will soon recognize four award winners who have distinguished themselves by contributing their time and talents to honoring the spirit of servant leadership in Durham. In honor of National Fair Housing Month, the Human Relations Commission, and the Human Relations... Read More »

For Black Women, Education Is No Protection Against Infant Mortality

Bloomberg Businessweek, Monday, April 2, 2018
Education protects white women from losing their babies in infancy. The more education they have, the lower the infant mortality rate. Strangely, though, it’s the opposite for black women. The most educated face the greatest risk of having their children die at birth or in infancy. Stress from... Read More »

Cable TV Ignores Inequality; Here’s How to Get Around It

Inside Sources, Friday, March 30, 2018
Studying the distribution of wealth in the United States has been the main focus of Hamilton’s career. His seminal work is in the creation of an entire field of study on inequality — stratification economics, he calls it. Hamilton, with his frequent co-author and mentor Dr. William “Sandy” Darity,... Read More »

New Report: Why The Black-White Infant Mortality Gap Exists and How To Eradicate It

Duke Today, Wednesday, March 28, 2018
"People tend to overlook the fact that racial discrimination has played a major role in the IMR gap between white and black infants," said Keisha L. Bentley-Edwards, co-author of the report. Bentley-Edwards is assistant professor of general internal medicine and director of the Samuel DuBois Cook... Read More »