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Column: Trickle-down theory is a monstrous lie intended to justify the rich getting richer

Los Angeles Times, Tuesday, August 20, 2019
One of the biggest lies foisted on the American people is that as rich people get richer, we all benefit — the so-called trickle-down theory. For decades, working families have been told not to worry about the growing wealth gap between the nation’s haves and have-nots. A rising tide lifts all... Read More »

Who to know at Duke: Administrators, students, staff and more

Duke Chronicle, Tuesday, August 20, 2019
    If you’re just arriving on Duke’s campus, the thousands of new faces you see may be a bit intimidating. But The Chronicle is here to help—here are some of the University’s most prominent administrators, staff, students and animals to keep your eye out for as you get adjusted to... Read More »

1619: The Enduring Legacy of Slavery in the United States

WNYC Studios, Tuesday, August 20, 2019
  Some of the 28 men acquitted in the lynching of Willie Earle, a black man, celebrate in the court room at Greenville, S.C., following the jury's verdict, May 21, 1947.  1619: The Truth About 400 Years of Slavery Four hundred years ago this month, the first group of enslaved... Read More »

‘The Color of Wealth in Miami’ Is Black and White

Latino Rebels, Tuesday, August 20, 2019
From our nation’s founding, state and federal laws have either stacked the deck for or against Americans of diverse racial and ethnic origin. In their new report, “The Color of Wealth in Miami,” Alan A. Aja, Gretchen Beesing, Daniel Bustillo, Danielle Clealand, William Darity, Jr., Darrick Hamilton... Read More »

Booker's 'baby bond' proposal, aimed at racial income inequality, is unprecedented

CT Post, Friday, August 16, 2019
WASHINGTON - Sen. Cory Booker's plan to fight intergenerational poverty, a cornerstone of his presidential bid, includes a novel proposal: a trust fund for every American child seeded by the federal government that could eventually provide up to nearly $50,000 for college tuition, buying a home or... Read More »

How slavery became America’s first big business

Vox, Friday, August 16, 2019
Historian and author Edward E. Baptist explains how slavery helped the US go from a “colonial economy to the second biggest industrial power in the world.” Of the many myths told about American slavery, one of the biggest is that it was an archaic practice that only enriched a small number of... Read More »

In 100 Years, 1 Million Black Families Have Been Ripped From Their Farms

90.9 wbur, Thursday, August 15, 2019
Over the last century, African Americans were dispossessed of millions of acres of land. We look at the story of black-owned farmland in Mississippi. Guests Vann R. Newkirk II, staff writer at The Atlantic. (@fivefifths) Willena Scott-White, farmer and retired educator in Mississippi. She... Read More »

A vast wealth gap, driven by segregation, redlining, evictions and exclusion, separates black and white America.

New York Times Magazine, Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Elmore Bolling, whose brothers called him Buddy, was a kind of one-man economy in Lowndesboro, Ala. He leased a plantation, where he had a general store with a gas station out front and a catering business; he grew cotton, corn and sugar cane. He also owned a small fleet of trucks that ran... Read More »

Legalizing equity

Chicago Reader, Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Advocates say the adult-use cannabis legislation doesn’t go far enough to help diverse entrepreneurs enter the budding market. If not for CBD, Marcy Capron Vermillion wouldn't have been able to stand on her own. After injuring her spine in a kayaking accident, she had trouble standing without... Read More »

Black men, going to church could make you fat, Duke study says

ABC 11, Wednesday, August 14, 2019
DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- A new report from Duke University says attending church often can lead to weight gain, particularly among black men. Research from Duke's Samuel DuBois Cook Center for Social Equity shows black men who attended church almost daily were almost three times more likely to be... Read More »

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