Greater homeownership isn’t the answer to ending wealth inequality

Quartz, Friday, April 20, 2018
Whichever way you look at it, the wealth inequality gap between black and white Americans is staggering. It’s far worse than income inequality, and one of the reasons why racial inequality hasn’t improved in the US over the past 50 years, and in some ways has gotten even worse. In the US, the... Read More »

Mind the Gap: A new paper debunks the persistent myths about the racial wealth gap.

Slate, Friday, April 20, 2018
The massive gap between black and white wealth is structural. All serious research on the subject finds the gap is an enduring feature of the American economy produced and reproduced by politics, policy, and law. But to the extent it even registers in mainstream thinking, the popular belief is that... Read More »

Does Homeownership Really 'Drive' the Black-White Wealth Gap?

City Lab, Friday, April 20, 2018
According to a new paper from the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University: Not really. In this report, authors William Darity Jr., Darrick Hamilton, Mark Paul, Alan Aja, Anne Price, Antonio Moore, and Caterina Chiopris set out to debunk a number of myths about this racial... Read More »

No, Personal Responsibility Won’t Solve Inequality: New Study Dispels Common Myths Behind Racial Wealth Gap

The Root, Friday, April 20, 2018
Much has been reported about the racial wealth gap—but much is still misunderstood. A new report on the wealth gap focuses on the stubborn, pervasive myths that inform people’s understanding of America’s racial wealth disparity—and points readers in the direction of real solutions. The report, “... Read More »

Is It Actually Possible To Close The Racial Wealth Gap?

Black News Zone, Friday, April 20, 2018
It’s long been debated how the racial wealth gap will finally be closed. But according to Los Angeles-based attorney Antonio Moore, one of the producers of the Emmy-nominated documentary, “Freeway: Crack in the System,” experts are approaching the problem from the wrong angles. Moore’s response... Read More »

Racism: The Evergreen Toxin Killing Black Mothers and Infants

Center for American Progress, Thursday, April 19, 2018
"America was founded on idealistic and visionary principals that have sadly yet to be fully realized because of deep-rooted and persistent racism. Today, the United States is the richest nation in the world, yet black women and their infants are dying at higher rates than women in other developed... Read More »

UMD hosts symposium on closing racial wealth gap

The Diamondback - University of Maryland, Wednesday, April 18, 2018
"To close the [racial wealth] gap, it has to be through the use of national policies that directly attack the differential, rather than saying black folks have to change their habits," said panelist William Darity, a public policy and African and African-American studies professor at Duke... Read More »

Book Launch - Roses for the Soul: Celebrating the Life and Achievements or Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook

The Cook Center, Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Samuel DuBois Cook was a brilliant scholar. The most decent of men. A humanist. A bridge builder. A truth teller. A trailblazer in white dominated higher education. Martin Luther King's soulmate. A fellow son of God. This volume celebrates all of these in the teacher and the mentor that was Dr.... Read More »

Commentary: What We Get Wrong About Closing the Racial Wealth Gap

Fortune Magazine, Monday, April 16, 2018
For decades we have been told that hard work and greater effort on the part of black Americans, not systemic reform, is the key to closing the racial wealth gap. Earlier this month a poll from The Economist/YouGov found that 40% of whites think that blacks could be just as well off as whites if... Read More »

Hank Aaron, still hammering for social justice, makes a visit to Durham

The News and Observer, Saturday, April 14, 2018
There is a story from his childhood that sticks with Hank Aaron. In Durham on Thursday, the Hall-of-Fame baseball player didn’t even tell the story. His good friend Andrew Young told it as if he’d heard it 100 one hundred times. As Aaron bashfully listened, Young, a civil rights leader who... Read More »