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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 »

Common Core the Wrong Focus; Fix Testing, Funding

Charlotte Observer, Monday, June 9, 2014
"If N.C. lawmakers replace the Common Core, teachers will feel that the slew of professional development sessions they have attended and the countless hours spent developing and revising lesson plans to align with the Common Core were fruitless,” writes Kristen Stephens. Read more: http://www.... Read More »

New Report: Blacks Are Beyond Broke

NNPA, Tuesday, May 27, 2014
The growing racial wealth gap – $200 in median wealth for Blacks in 2011 and $23,000 for Whites – threatens national economic security in the United States, according to a recent report. Read more: http://blackstarjournal.org/?p=4155

The Economics of Reparations: Why Congress Should Meet Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Modest Demand

New Republic, Wednesday, May 21, 2014
How much money, for instance, is due to black America? How should that money be distributed? Who should be eligible for it? Perhaps those are questions that a Congressional study could answer. Read more: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117856/academic-evidence-reparations-costs-are-limited

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