The Psychological Effects of Race and Class

The Cook Center, Tuesday, November 17, 2015
The psychological effects of race and socioeconomic status served as the theme for a one-day conference at Duke on Monday, hosted by the Global Inequality Research Initiative, or GIRI. The conference, “Telling Identity Stories,” featured three keynote presentations by experts on education, race and... Read More »

Duke and the Issue of Race

Duke Chronicle, Monday, November 16, 2015
Imagine what might happen to our consciousness if half a day of first year orientation each year were devoted to discussing the centrality of race and racism to American history and to Duke’s past. Similarly, does it not make sense for Duke to have an official policy that prohibits racial hate... Read More »

America's Economic Sore Spot: Do Black Jobs Matter?, Thursday, November 12, 2015
"The racial gap in unemployment is a profound index of the degree of employment discrimination in the nation's labor markets," says William Darity Jr, a Duke University professor and director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity. Read more: Read More »

The American Dream on Hold: Economic Challenges Facing the Black Community

The Cook Center, Monday, November 9, 2015
On Oct. 30, William Darity, Jr. director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, provided expert testimony to the Congressional Joint Economic Committee and the Congressional Black Caucus on economic challenges facing the African-American community. Darity joined... Read More »

Searching for the American Dream in Harlem, Monday, November 2, 2015
“Wealth enables families to purchase high-quality schooling through private school or by purchasing a home in an area with good schools. It facilitates influential participation in the American political process,” Darity said on Friday. “Wealth provides the freedom to innovate, start a new business... Read More »

Six-Year-Old Masters ‘Language of Science’

The Cook Center, Monday, November 2, 2015
When Louise Toppin first met Romanieo, Jr. he was barely age 2 and had just memorized the flags of the world. Toppin, chair of the music department at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, briefly introduced 6 year-old Romanieo, Jr. and his parents Romanieo Golphin, Sr. and Cheri Philip... Read More »

Opposition Missing From Friendly Durham City Council Candidate Forum Thursday

The Duke Chronicle, Friday, October 16, 2015
Candidates running for three Durham City Council seats held a friendly forum on campus Thursday to discuss their platforms and field questions from students and the public before the general election Nov. 3. Read more: Read More »

Trio of Council Candidates Grilled At Duke Forum

Durham Herald-Sun, Friday, October 16, 2015
One night after six Durham City Council candidates squared off in a City Hall forum, they convened once again — this time on campus at Duke University. Thursday saw only three of the six candidates for three at-large council seats meet to discuss their platforms and visions for the future of... Read More »

Durham City Council Candidates Bring Their Platforms to Duke

The Cook Center, Friday, October 16, 2015
Only three of the six candidates for Durham’s City Council appeared on Thursday night to participate in a public forum at Duke. The candidates - Jillian Johnson, Charlie Reece and Steve Schewel, - took questions from Duke students, many of which were posted on Twitter using the hashtag #... Read More »

The Color of Debt: How Collections Suits Squeeze Black Neighborhoods

ProPublica, Friday, October 9, 2015
By any measure, black households are worse off financially than white ones. They make, on average, far less money. But more pernicious is the vastly larger gap in wealth between whites and blacks ... The source of this disparity is as deep as the nation’s history, said William A. Darity Jr., a... Read More »