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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Colin Kaepernick and the Anti-Racism Industry

Vassar Political Review, Wednesday, March 6, 2019
The Vassar Political Review recently published an op-ed by Hallie Carton, criticizing the NFL’s hypocritical attempts to “align itself with the current social justice movement” during the Super Bowl despite its blackballing of Colin Kaepernick. Carton asserts that the NFL is... Read More »

Why #BuyBlack Has Never Been the Path to Black American Economic Empowerment

The Root, Monday, March 4, 2019
The slogans “Buy Black” or “Support Black Businesses” have existed for some time as clarion calls for black consumers to patronize black owned (or seemingly black owned) establishments. We see it hashtagged and sprawled across graphics calling for exclusive 30 day “buy black challenges” to spur... Read More »

Reflections on the ADOS Movement

Medium, Sunday, March 3, 2019
What is ADOS? Over the past several months the ADOS movement has entered the national dialogue. ADOS stands for the American Descendants of Slavery, and its raison d’être is to seek redress for the injustices visited upon black people who can trace their ancestry back to slaves on American soil... Read More »

Up Against the Wall Street Journal: A Green Job Guarantee

Common Dreams, Sunday, March 3, 2019
The prospect of a federal job guarantee must have really spooked Max Gulker, a researcher and writer for the free-market-oriented American Institute for Economic Research (AIER). And for good reason. A federal job guarantee—under which the government would offer a job to anyone who needs one—... Read More »

Consider the Mule: Antonio Moore & Marianne Williamson in Conversation

Paul Sowers, Sunday, March 3, 2019
Say you are taking a test. You are taking a test and you come to a multiple choice question that reads like this… Q: The following quote—“Sometimes there is externalized oppression and injustice and unfairness, but the deeper injustice is within our minds”—typifies an attitude ordinarily... Read More »

2020 Democrats are trying to redefine the idea of reparations

CNN, Tuesday, February 26, 2019
The issue of reparations -- usually interpreted as making financial amends to African-Americans for centuries of slavery, racism and inequality -- has again entered the political conversation after several Democratic presidential candidates expressed support for the idea. Sen. Kamala Harris of... Read More »