William Darity on Reparations and Campaign 2020

C-SPAN, Thursday, March 21, 2019
Duke University professor William Darity talked about reparations and the role they could play in the 2020 presidential campaign. He spoke via video link from Durham, North Carolina. View the video here. 

The Cases For Reparations: How 2020 Presidential Candidates Address The Issue

WBUR, Thursday, March 21, 2019
Guests Errin Haines Whack, national writer on race and ethnicity for the Associated Press, covering the 2020 presidential election. (@emarvelous) William Darity, professor of public policy; African and African-American Studies; and economics at Duke University. Director of Duke’s Samuel... Read More »

Only Large Policy Interventions Such As Reparations Can Shrink The Racial Wealth Gap

Forbes, Thursday, March 21, 2019
As this presidential campaign season gets under way, the racial wealth gap is getting a fair amount of attention. African-Americans typically have about one-tenth the wealth of whites. Several presidential hopefuls such as former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro as well... Read More »

It’s presidential campaign season. Time to talk about reparations again.

Think Progress, Thursday, March 21, 2019
Like clockwork, the issue of reparations for descendants of U.S. slaves surfaces every presidential election cycle, and it’s back on the campaign agenda in 2020. To be sure, mounting scholarly research and aggressive community activism has made it increasingly obvious to many Americans that the... Read More »

For Victims of a Little-Known Genocide, a Long Journey to Justice

Courthouse News, Wednesday, March 20, 2019
MANHATTAN (CN) – How — and where — should victims collect reparations for a genocide? In New York, an effort to hold present-day Germany responsible for what is grimly called the first genocide of the 20th century is against the ropes.  The case was brought by indigenous Ovaherero and Nama... Read More »

Democrats are taking reparations seriously -- and that's a big deal

WRAL, Tuesday, March 19, 2019
CNN — There is now a bright, and important, marker in the reparations debate. In 1988, Jesse Jackson made reparations part of his campaign platform. In 2016, President Barack Obama dismissed reparations as politically impractical during an interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates, whose Atlantic... Read More »

How to Make Wealth Building and Job Opportunities More Equitable

Stanford Social Innovation Review , Friday, March 15, 2019
Growing evidence of wealth and income concentration in the United States is undeniable, with African Americans and Latinos now holding average household assets of only about 10 to 20 percent of the average white households. All across the nation, decent pay—a living wage—is increasingly hard... Read More »

Exchanging jabs like white, male candidates, Lightfoot and Preckwinkle challenge gender and racial stereotypes

Chicago Tribune, Thursday, March 14, 2019
As Chicago voters for the first time see two African-American women vying for mayor, experts say gender and racial stereotypes remain — even if Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle are doing exactly what most white men would do in a campaign. Generally, when female political candidates attack... Read More »

One Way to Make Reparations Work

Bloomberg, Thursday, March 14, 2019
The issue of reparations for African Americans is, of course, full of more moral and historical issues than one column, even by someone with much greater understanding and deeper knowledge than me, could ever resolve. But since the proposal is now being taken seriously, it’s worth thinking about... Read More »

The 2020 Democratic primary debate over reparations, explained

Vox, Monday, March 11, 2019
A new 2020 litmus test has arrived for Democrats running for president: Do they support reparations?  It marks a turn in a primary contest in which black voters are expected to play a significant role. That the attention to reparations has become so prominent speaks to a... Read More »