Durham 150: How Black business contributed to Durham's history

abc11, Thursday, October 17, 2019
DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- The upcoming formal celebration of Durham's 150th anniversary includes recognition of key roles played by members of the African American community. The Bull City's evolving skyline reflects the interest of big business. But the roots of those relationships are visible a... Read More »


Duke Today, Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Why many black and women entrepreneurs never have the chance to grow beyond their small starts – or, in some cases, even start their businesses at all – is the subject of a conference Oct. 23-25 at Duke University. The conference, “Capital Matters: Race, Gender and Entrepreneurship,” takes place... Read More »


Durham Public Schools, Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Our October 2019 DPS Student of the Month is Elijah King from Riverside High School. King is a senior at Riverside whose contributions to both the school and the Durham community are immeasurable and amazing. King currently serves as the President of the Interact... Read More »

If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?

The Atlantic, Thursday, October 10, 2019
William "Sandy" Darity Jr., economist and professor, Duke University.  "I wish that Radical Reconstruction had been made a reality after the end of the Civil War. This would have entailed the promised 40-acre land grants to the formerly enslaved, their right to full political... Read More »

When We Talk About Cultural Appropriation, We Should Be Talking About Power

In These Times, Wednesday, October 9, 2019
When the powerful appropriate from the oppressed, society’s imbalances are exacerbated and inequalities prolonged. In America, white people hoard power like Hungry Hungry Hippos. In the history of problematic appropriation in America, we could start with the land and crops commandeered from Native... Read More »

What Matters More, Maternal Characteristics or Differential Returns for Having Them? Using Decomposition Analysis to Explain Black-White Racial Disparities in Infant Mortality in the United States

Springer Link, Monday, October 7, 2019
Studies have found that socioeconomic factors alone cannot explain the high incidence of infant deaths among black Americans, and structural racism may be producing these differences in IMR across racial groups. Using data from the 1988 National Maternal and Infant Health Survey, we applied... Read More »

Atonement: The Jewish case for black reparations

The Jewish News, Friday, October 4, 2019
One of the harms often cited is the racial wealth gap, a major argument for proponents of reparations. According to federal data from 2017, a white family’s median wealth is 9.7 times higher than that of black families. And while black Americans comprise 13 percent of the U.S.... Read More »

Pa. out front: How the argument over reparations is moving into state capitols | Friday Morning Coffee

Pennsylvania Capital-Star, Friday, October 4, 2019
State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Philadelphia (Image Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. We first reported back in June that state Rep. Chris Rabb was drafting legislation that would both provide reparations for descendants of African slaves and provide some... Read More »

Gray Areas Matter: Reparations

The Tufts Daily, Friday, September 27, 2019
The early American economy, and the foundation for modern American life, was built in large part on the backs of African slaves. Today, there still exists a sizeable wealth gap in the U.S. between white families and black families. According to the Federal Reserve’s data, the ... Read More »

Do We Need a Wealth Tax?

The New York Times, Thursday, September 26, 2019
A wealth tax is only a start A wealth tax could close the country’s wealth gap from the top, and the universal social programs it helps fund could go some way to closing the wealth gap at the bottom. But more targeted redistributive measures, like reparations, may be needed to completely... Read More »