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A Long Shadow

Pod Save the People, Thursday, May 17, 2018
Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson takes you inside conversations about culture, social justice, and politics by exploring the history, language, and people who are shaping the struggle for progress — and talking about the steps that each of us can take to make a difference. Each week... Read More »

Black Wealth From Kanye to Donald Glover: America's Decadent Veil Read Newsmax: Black Wealth From Kanye to Donald Glover: America's Decadent Veil

News Max, Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Now more than ever in America, wealth is a generational asset. As such, the financial successes or oppressions experienced by a person’s ancestors have a pronounced influence on the advantages and disadvantages in his or her own life. In the recent report “What We Get Wrong About Closing... Read More »

What is a job guarantee — & why?

Policy Genius, Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Unlike the existing entitlement system, which supports people once they become poor, a job guarantee can keep them from becoming poor in the first place, said William Darity, professor of public policy at Duke University.  What kind of jobs would people do? Darity, who co-wrote a... Read More »

Why the Racial Wealth Gap Persists

The Takeaway - WNYC Radio, Tuesday, May 15, 2018
For white people living in the Boston area, the median net worth for their household is $247,500. For African-American, the median net worth is eight dollars. That’s according to William "Sandy" Darity, a public policy professor and director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social... Read More »

I study biracial identity in America. Here’s why Meghan Markle is a big deal.

Vox, Monday, May 14, 2018
Growing up in the late ’80s as a biracial girl, I never had a mixed-race princess whose image I could sport on my backpack or my lunchbox. There was little to no representation of my identity — almost no characters in movies or television shows, no musicians or celebrities who identified as mixed-... Read More »

Economists at Minneapolis Fed meeting explore persistent racial gaps in hiring, wealth

Star Tribune, Saturday, May 12, 2018
Economists Darrick Hamilton of the New School and William Darity Jr. of Duke University discussed their research into the wealth gap between white and black Americans, which they said is rooted in slavery and unkept economic promises after the Civil War. In 2010, they proposed an asset creation... Read More »

Democrats Embrace Guaranteed Jobs Proposal

Public Radio East, Friday, May 11, 2018
"Everybody would be assured of being able to work if they were seeking work," William A. Darity, Jr., said. "And so, in effect, the unemployment rate would be zero." Listen to the full story here.

Democrats Embrace Guaranteed Jobs Proposal

NPR - Morning Edition, Thursday, May 10, 2018
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Conference in Beijing, China Signals Partnership Between Cook Center and Renmin University

The Cook Center, Wednesday, May 9, 2018
On Wednesday, May 9, 2018 scholars from the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University and the School of Education at Renmin University of Beijing, China, gathered to initiate collaborative research and educational activities focused on poverty and inequality. View and... Read More »

Better teachers require better incentives — let's make it happen

The Hill, Wednesday, May 9, 2018
If teaching is considered by many to be one of the most honorable professions, why does it take teacher walkouts around the country to draw attention to the continued lack of support for educators in the U.S.? Well, we could start by treating our teachers better and giving them a greater role in... Read More »

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