Descendants of slave owners join Democratic candidates' call for reparations

The Telegraph, Saturday, August 3, 2019
It was one of the biggest applause lines of the night. Marianne Williamson, the novelist and maverick Democratic presidential candidate, lit up the debate stage this week on an issue still relevant in today's America - the legacy of slavery.  "We need some deep truth-telling," she told... Read More »

150 Years Later, Slavery Reparations Are on the Agenda Again

Mother Jones, Friday, August 2, 2019
William Darity Jr. on Marianne Williamson’s remarkable debate moment and the Black activists who made it possible. Marianne Williamson participates in the first of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN, on July 30, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Paul Sancya/AP... Read More »

Why this descendant of slaves says he's against reparations

ABC 11, Thursday, August 1, 2019
According to the latest Marist poll, 58 percent of black people support slavery reparations but one Durham educator and descendant of slaves explains why he is against the potential bill. Stagville Plantation in Northern Durham County was owned by the wealthy Bennehan-Cameron Family in the... Read More »

Can reparations help right the wrongs of slavery?

PBS News, Thursday, August 1, 2019
The first African slaves arrived in North America 400 years ago this month, landing at Jamestown in what is now Virginia. Recently, the question of paying reparations for the atrocity of slavery has been generating new attention, even making its way into the 2020 presidential debates. Economics... Read More »

Reparations Must Include the Costs of Predatory Lending

Dallas Weekly, Wednesday, July 31, 2019
In recent years, the spate of homicides linked to questionable uses of deadly weapons and/or force, have prompted many activist organizations to call for racial reparations. From Trayvon Martin’s death in Florida, to Michael Brown’s in Missouri, Eric Garner’s in New York and many other deaths — a... Read More »

Watch | Young, Black and building wealth for the next generation

theGrio, Tuesday, July 30, 2019
When it comes to money, there’s a new generation of Black leaders who are taking different steps to secure their future. Despite a growing racial wealth gap, which analysts predict may leave the average Black family with zero wealth by 2053, a select group of young people say they’re... Read More »

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 »