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‘Baby Bonds’ Could Help the U.S. Wealth Gap

Bloomberg, Monday, April 8, 2019
Wealth inequality—and specifically the yawning racial wealth gap (the median black family has about one-tenth the net worth of a white household)—is a thorny challenge for U.S. policymakers. One solution increasingly discussed by progressive politicians but seen as lacking popular support... Read More »

The dangerous memory of Jesus Christ calls us to enact reparations

National Catholic Reporter, Monday, April 8, 2019
Renewed calls for reparations by the church and the people of God ought to be a sting of conscience that goes to the central act of worship of church: the Eucharist. Sign up for NCR's Copy Desk Daily, and we'll email you recommended news and opinion articles each weekday. Catholics share... Read More »

Reparations for black Americans: how an idea went from the fringes to the mainstream

The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday, April 6, 2019
New York: Toward the end of the first season of The West Wing, deputy White House chief-of-staff Josh Lyman finds himself dealing with a crisis. It has emerged that one of President Jed Bartlett’s nominees for a senior position in the Department of Justice has endorsed a book arguing... Read More »

The black-white wealth gap is unchanged after half a century

The Economist, Friday, April 5, 2019
Few americans remember Greenwood, a once-prosperous African-American neighbourhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that was known as Black Wall Street. In 1921 Dick Rowland, a black shoeshiner, was charged with attempting to rape a white lift-girl in a downtown office building. An incensed white mob... Read More »

Candidates edge toward discussing slavery reparations

Yahoo News, Thursday, April 4, 2019
In the past few decades, the racial wealth gap doubled. African-Americans are incarcerated at more than 5 times the rate of whites. They die at a higher rate than white Americans. And their homeownership has reached record lows. These disparities can be traced back... Read More »

Progressive Governance Can Turn the Tide for Black Farmers

Center for American Progress, Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Introduction and summary In January 1865, when Union Gen. William T. Sherman issued an order to allocate 40 acres to each freedman, the black ministers who lobbied for the policy envisioned vibrant, self-governed black agrarian communities dotting the Southern countryside. Unfortunately,... Read More »

How Durham schools are reducing suspensions, and who still gets the most of them

The Herald Sun, Wednesday, March 27, 2019
DURHAM  Last year, a high school student in Durham who talked back to a teacher loudly enough might have ended up sitting in a classroom for a day, ideally but maybe not always with enough school work to keep busy. But Durham Public Schools is changing how it responds to students’... Read More »

Here's what you missed at Saturday's Critical Race Theory Symposium

The Daily Tar Heel, Monday, March 25, 2019
UNC students, faculty members, law school affiliates and practicing attorneys gathered for the Critical Race Theory Symposium at the UNC School of Law on Saturday. Although a majority of Americans indicate that race relations are a problem, few people discuss consequences of racial inequalities... Read More »

Duke University Professor Shares His Guidelines for Slave Reparations

Ebony, Monday, March 25, 2019
Duke University professor of economics William Darity Jr. recently spoke on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal call-in show about reparations for the African descendants of slaves and the role the issue plays in the 2020 presidential campaign. “Reparations is a... Read More »

Living with the past: reparations

Monocle, Saturday, March 23, 2019
How do you put a price on historical injustice and who should pay for it? In the final part of this series, Andrew Mueller explores practical solutions to these difficult and often divisive questions. Deena Hayes-Greene and Dr William “Sandy” Darity make the case for reparations for centuries of... Read More »

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