Marianne Williamson: Up to $500 billion in reparations is "a debt that is owed"

CNN, Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Author Marianne Williamson earned applause and cheers when she mounted a defense of her plan to offer $200 billion to $500 billion in reparations to the descendants of enslaved Africans in this country – one of several instances of the spiritual teacher drawing audience support tonight. “We need... Read More »

Can Pete Buttigieg Fix America's Vacancy Problem?

City Lab, Friday, July 26, 2019
The Democratic presidential candidate’s plan to promote homeownership simultaneously addresses hypervacancy and the racial wealth gap. Blight is a problem that doesn’t recognize borders. Vacant properties plague almost every place in America, and every kind of place, too, from empty urban... Read More »

Duke Study Examines Racial Segregation And Obesity Disparities

WUNC, Thursday, July 25, 2019
New research from Duke University suggests discriminatory housing and development policies that have shaped predominately minority neighborhoods may be contributing to higher obesity rates in those communities. “Broadly speaking, what we really see is separate and unequal neighborhoods, places... Read More »


Duke Today, Monday, July 22, 2019
America’s costly obesity epidemic disproportionately afflicts black and Latino populations, according to a new report from Duke University. The report from the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke says residential segregation and a lack of upward social mobility helped... Read More »

The Origins of the ‘Acting White’ Charge

The Atlantic, Saturday, July 20, 2019
Classroom integration wasn’t an entirely positive development for black educational prospects. That argument, completely out of vogue, needs airing amid our reacquaintance with the busing controversy of 50 years ago. When Senator Kamala Harris exposed Vice President Joe Biden’s opposition to... Read More »

Enticed by promises they could start cannabis companies, people of color are still waiting

Los Angeles Times, Saturday, July 20, 2019
  Kika Keith is an aspiring cannabis entrepreneur who has partnered with a well-established cannabis company to open a dispensary in South Los Angeles/Leimert Park, as part of the city’s “social equity” program. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times) Marcy Lyles, a single mother of... Read More »

Juneteenth & Reparations

The Legal Eagle Review, Friday, July 19, 2019
Juneteenth, which is celebrated on June 19th, recognizes the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, and the official conclusion of the Civil War on May 13, 1865. This celebration date results from the arrival of General Gordon Granger in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, and... Read More »

Inequity in Place: Obesity Disparities and the Legacy of Racial Residential Segregation and Social Immobility

The Samuel Dubois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, Friday, July 19, 2019
INTRODUCTION Nearly 40 percent of American adults are obese, or have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.[*]5 Nationally, this public health epidemic costs roughly $190 billion each year, and that amount is expected to rise by several billions more by 2030.6,7 Massive obesity-related... Read More »

Angela Project Sparks Baptist Reflections on Slavery and Repair

Word & Way, Thursday, July 18, 2019
African-American novelist and playwright James Baldwin said, “History is not the past. It is the present. We carry our history with us. We are our history. If we pretend otherwise, we literally are criminals.” With that in mind, black and white Baptists gathered together in Birmingham, Ala., in... Read More »

Despite 114% Growth Rate, Women-Owned Businesses Do Not Generate Same Wealth as Male-Owned Businesses

KTVN, Thursday, July 18, 2019
CHICAGO, July 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- A new report produced by Asset Funders Network (ANF), in collaboration with Duke University's Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and Closing the Women's Wealth Gap (CWWG), reveals that while data shows women-... Read More »