A Duke Reading List of Studies of Race, Politics And History

Duke Today, Wednesday, August 16, 2017
William Darity, co-author: “Persistent Disparity: Race and Economic Inequality in the United States since 1945 (Edward Elgar Pub, 1999) “Persistent Disparity” provides a comprehensive examination of the magnitude and scope of racial economic disparity in the United States. Sanford... Read More »

Young Scholars Summer Research Institute Highlights Local Student Research on Inequality

Duke Today, Monday, August 14, 2017
Student participants in the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity Young Scholars Summer Research Institute presented research projects before more than 200 parents, Duke faculty and staff and teachers and administrators from Durham Public Schools, at the program’s capstone conference July 31... Read More »

Who do you think you see?

Duke Magazine, Thursday, August 10, 2017
This is the question that has often been asked about me at different parties and social functions across my entire life: “Guess what race she is? I bet you will never guess!” As if my “secret racial identity” is some sort of fun party game. It’s not that I am racially ambiguous in appearance (... Read More »

In new book, William Darity Jr. discusses race, growth of for-profit universities

The Duke University Chronicle, Monday, August 7, 2017
William Darity Jr., Samuel Dubois Cook professor of public policy, recently helped edit and write “For-Profit Universities: The Shifting Landscape of Marketized Higher Education." The Chronicle spoke with Darity about the book and the role of race, class and other factors in the rise of for-profit... Read More »

Opinion: Economy needs to create 4.4 million more jobs

MarketWatch, Monday, July 31, 2017
Recognizing the harm caused by this “employment gap” — which has historically been a persistent reality for some groups, such as African-American workers, even during otherwise robust labor markets — policy experts such as Sandy Darity and Darrick Hamilton, as well as others, have long advocated... Read More »

Does White America Fear Black Equality? The Economic Forces Behind Trump’s Win

International Business Times, Monday, July 31, 2017
Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory is often portrayed as a reflection of voter anger about America’s increasing economic inequality. Polls have indeed shown that Americans believe the country’s economic system is unfair. But in a new podcast, Duke University’s William Darity tells International... Read More »

The Democrats’ New Agenda Is Everything That’s Wrong With the Party

In These Times: With Liberty and Justice for All, Thursday, July 27, 2017
This isn’t some pie-in-the-sky fantasy. A federal job guarantee has been part of the national conversation going back to at least 1934 when Louisiana’s populist governor Huey Long called for it in his “Share the Wealth” plan. Franklin Roosevelt included a federal job guarantee in his famous second... Read More »

Back to Work: How Democrats can win over Americans left behind in the new economy

New Republic, Tuesday, July 18, 2017
So how, exactly, would a federal jobs guarantee work? William Darity Jr., an economist at Duke University who has long advocated for guaranteed jobs, has proposed that employment come with a minimum salary of $23,000 a year—enough to push every American above the poverty line. The CAP proposal... Read More »

Georgetown enslaved her ancestors. Now she's an incoming student.

The Times-Picayune, Tuesday, July 18, 2017
While Georgetown may offer preferential admission to descendants like Thomas, the financial barriers mean that not all will be able to go, said Kilolo Kijakazi, an institute fellow at the D.C.-based Urban Institute. She, along with economists from Duke University, The New School in New... Read More »

California Climate Crossroads: Gov. Brown is Supporting a Giveaway to Polluters

HuffPost, Thursday, July 13, 2017
California currently has one of the most comprehensive climate change and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction programs in the world. Bold legislation supporting the reduction of pollutants, include AB 32 and SB 32, set ambitious goals for California to rapidly transition to a green economy. While... Read More »