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 Those last three words offered such fodder to Fox News that the summary was withdrawn and supporters such...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 »

Focus on Virginia blackface scandal misses a bigger point

CNN, Monday, February 18, 2019
(CNN)The blackface scandal that has ensnared three of Virginia's top officials provides an opportunity for America to address its long legacy of racism. There's a danger, though, that this teachable moment will be lost.  When racism is rendered a historic artifact rather than a present-day... Read More »

I’m Not Here to Answer Your Black History Month Questions

New York Times-The Edit, Wednesday, February 13, 2019
It’s a scene that may sound familiar to many black students. You’re one of few people of color in the room, and the discussion turns to race or black history. Then your entire class looks to you to weigh in. Matthew Kashay, a 17-year-old student from Los Angeles, remembers when a question came... Read More »

It’s not whether Kamala Harris is ‘black enough,’ critics say, but whether her policies will support native black Americans

The Inquirer, Monday, February 11, 2019
The day Kamala Harris announced she was running for president, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no less, the senator from California seemed primed to dazzle. If nominated, the daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father would be the first black or Indian American woman to run for the White... Read More »