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 »

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 »

Donald Trump disavows the chants against Ilhan Omar, but 'send her back' could be the rallying cry of 2020

ABC News, Thursday, July 18, 2019
"Send her back" is the new "lock her up". Having spent the best part of a week whipping up his base with racist language, President Donald Trump is trying to put the genie back into the bottle. "I didn't say that, they did. I disagree with it," he said, the morning after the crowd... 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 »

The Finance 202: Investors track new Washington drama as debt ceiling deadline approaches

The Washington Post, Monday, July 15, 2019
Investors won’t be getting a break from Washington-bred drama this summer.  Just as a pause in escalating U.S.-China tensions seemed to promise a respite, a fast-approaching deadline for lifting the debt ceiling presents a new potential crisis.  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin... Read More »

Welcome to Libra week

Politico, Monday, July 15, 2019
Welcome to Libra week — Facebook’s proposed digital currency will likely take a hammering on Capitol Hill this week with a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Tuesday and a House Financial Services hearing on Wednesday. Trump ripped the would-be digital currency last... Read More »

Behind Trump’s ‘go back’ demand: A long history of rejecting ‘different’ Americans

The Washington Post, Monday, July 15, 2019
The Know-Nothings wanted German and Irish immigrants to get out because they were allegedly subversive and diseased people who were stealing American jobs. White preachers and politicians of the 1820s urged freed blacks to move to West Africa, supposedly for their own good. From that drive to... Read More »