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The Problem(s) with Obama's Community College Plan - And an Alternative

Washington Post, Sunday, February 8, 2015
President Obama last month unveiled a plan to offer free community college tuition to students who meet specific criteria in what this Washington Post story called “one of his most ambitious, expensive and likely controversial initiatives for the coming year. The cost estimate, the White House said... Read More »

We’ll Need An Economic Program to Make #BlackLivesMatter. Here Are Three Ideas.

The Nation, Monday, January 26, 2015
Sanford School professor William Darity and a colleague at the New School have proposed a “Baby Bond” program that they estimate would close the nation’s wealth gap within a few generations. Read more: http://www.thenation.com/article/194313/economic-program-blacklivesmatter#

Race is the Elephant in the Room When It Comes to Inequality

MSNBC.com, Tuesday, January 20, 2015
To say that economic inequality is still a heavily racialized phenomenon, even a generation after the end of the Civil Rights era, would be an understatement. Yet both major parties continue to discuss inequality in largely color-blind terms. Read more: http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/washingtons-... Read More »

For Recent Black College Graduates, a Tougher Road to Employment

New York Times, Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Historically, the periods during and immediately after economic downturns have been harder on blacks. But the trend this time has been more extreme. Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/25/business/for-recent-black-college-graduates-a-tougher-road-to-employment.html?_r=0

Wealth Gap in U.S. Widens Among Races

NPR Marketplace, Tuesday, December 16, 2014
As the economy recovers, the wealth gap along racial lines in the U.S. is widening. What’s driving the divide? Recent research shows one big reason is the disparity in asset wealth. Read more: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/wealth-poverty/wealth-gap-widens-among-races

The Year in Inequality: Racial disparity can no longer be ignored

Al Jazeera America, Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Analysis: The racial wealth divide is a persistent fact of American life and getting worse. “I would argue, if you look at the relative economic position, we actually have not made substantial progress of any significance since 1964,” Darity said. Read more: http://america.aljazeera.com/... Read More »

How America Can Fix the Racial Wealth Gap

Salon, Sunday, December 7, 2014
One of the most persistent but unaddressed problems in the United States is our massive racial wealth gap. Read more: http://www.salon.com/2014/12/07/how_america_can_fix_the_racial_wealth_gap/

Duke Sanford’s William Darity, Jr. Talks Race, Academics, and “Acting White”

Sanford Journal of Public Policy, Monday, August 18, 2014
Darity approaches the topic with a view toward educational outcomes. His research looks at the link between anti-intellectualism and the black-white achievement gaps, and finds no evidence that anti-intellectualism is particularly present in African-American communities or responsible for academic... Read More »

Getting Beyond the 'Acting White' Insult

Minnesota Public Radio, Tuesday, August 5, 2014
This issue doesn't just affect African-Americans, said Duke University professor William Darity, Jr. "We have a widespread sentiment that suggests there is some kind of discount for being intellectually a high achiever. I want to argue that there is no evidence that the degree of anti... Read More »

Real Talk: Is 'My Brother's Keeper' Initiative Overlooking the Real Issue?

WUWM Milwaukee, Thursday, June 26, 2014
Now two economists are saying "My Brother's Keeper" focuses too much on the behaviors of young men and is essentially blaming the victims, rather than addressing the real structural causes of racial inequality. Read more: http://wuwm.com/post/real-talk-my-brothers-keeper-initiative-overlooking-real... Read More »

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