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Why Can’t We Close the Racial Wealth Gap?

City Lab, Thursday, March 21, 2019
If the college cheating scandal has reinforced anything, it’s that one of the primary advantages of being wealthy is that the wealthy can buy more advantages. This helps explain why African Americans, who’ve historically been denied wealth, lag in almost every category of society... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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