Can reparations help right the wrongs of slavery?

PBS News, Thursday, August 1, 2019
The first African slaves arrived in North America 400 years ago this month, landing at Jamestown in what is now Virginia. Recently, the question of paying reparations for the atrocity of slavery has been generating new attention, even making its way into the 2020 presidential debates. Economics... Read More »

Reparations Must Include the Costs of Predatory Lending

Dallas Weekly, Wednesday, July 31, 2019
In recent years, the spate of homicides linked to questionable uses of deadly weapons and/or force, have prompted many activist organizations to call for racial reparations. From Trayvon Martin’s death in Florida, to Michael Brown’s in Missouri, Eric Garner’s in New York and many other deaths — a... Read More »

Watch | Young, Black and building wealth for the next generation

theGrio, Tuesday, July 30, 2019
When it comes to money, there’s a new generation of Black leaders who are taking different steps to secure their future. Despite a growing racial wealth gap, which analysts predict may leave the average Black family with zero wealth by 2053, a select group of young people say they’re... Read More »

Marianne Williamson: Up to $500 billion in reparations is "a debt that is owed"

CNN, Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Author Marianne Williamson earned applause and cheers when she mounted a defense of her plan to offer $200 billion to $500 billion in reparations to the descendants of enslaved Africans in this country – one of several instances of the spiritual teacher drawing audience support tonight. “We need... Read More »

Can Pete Buttigieg Fix America's Vacancy Problem?

City Lab, Friday, July 26, 2019
The Democratic presidential candidate’s plan to promote homeownership simultaneously addresses hypervacancy and the racial wealth gap. Blight is a problem that doesn’t recognize borders. Vacant properties plague almost every place in America, and every kind of place, too, from empty urban... Read More »

Duke Study Examines Racial Segregation And Obesity Disparities

WUNC, Thursday, July 25, 2019
New research from Duke University suggests discriminatory housing and development policies that have shaped predominately minority neighborhoods may be contributing to higher obesity rates in those communities. “Broadly speaking, what we really see is separate and unequal neighborhoods, places... Read More »


Duke Today, Monday, July 22, 2019
America’s costly obesity epidemic disproportionately afflicts black and Latino populations, according to a new report from Duke University. The report from the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke says residential segregation and a lack of upward social mobility helped... Read More »

The Origins of the ‘Acting White’ Charge

The Atlantic, Saturday, July 20, 2019
Classroom integration wasn’t an entirely positive development for black educational prospects. That argument, completely out of vogue, needs airing amid our reacquaintance with the busing controversy of 50 years ago. When Senator Kamala Harris exposed Vice President Joe Biden’s opposition to... Read More »

Enticed by promises they could start cannabis companies, people of color are still waiting

Los Angeles Times, Saturday, July 20, 2019
  Kika Keith is an aspiring cannabis entrepreneur who has partnered with a well-established cannabis company to open a dispensary in South Los Angeles/Leimert Park, as part of the city’s “social equity” program. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times) Marcy Lyles, a single mother of... Read More »

Inequity in Place: Obesity Disparities and the Legacy of Racial Residential Segregation and Social Immobility

The Samuel Dubois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, Friday, July 19, 2019
INTRODUCTION Nearly 40 percent of American adults are obese, or have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.[*]5 Nationally, this public health epidemic costs roughly $190 billion each year, and that amount is expected to rise by several billions more by 2030.6,7 Massive obesity-related... Read More »