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Behind Trump's 'Go Back' Demand: A Long History of Rejecting 'Different' Americans

Monday, July 15, 2019
“The paradox, of course, with respect to black people who are descendants of persons who were enslaved in the United States, is that you’re telling people to go back to where they came from after you forcefully transported them here,” said William Darity, a public policy professor at Duke... Read More »

Two Economists Fuel Democratic Debate Over How Far Left To Go

Sunday, July 14, 2019
For decades, William Darity Jr. and Darrick Hamilton toiled in obscurity. They criticized mainstream economists and politicians for failing to address racial inequality, and touted more radical remedies of their own. Now, with the 2020 presidential campaign under way and liberal Democrats... Read More »

Duke Professor William Darity, Jr. Is Leading the Discussion About Reparations

Thursday, July 11, 2019
William A. Darity Jr., Samuel DuBois Cook professor of public policy and the director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, has been researching reparations for more than 30 years.  Read More

A Few Liberal Activists Challenged Kamala Harris' Black Authenticity

Monday, July 8, 2019
“A lot of people are sort of jumping out and saying this is xenophobic or nativist, but I don’t see this at all as a claim that is hostile to other communities,” Darity said. “There are people who perceived it as hostile because it breaks with the notion that there is complete homogeneity among the... Read More »

Q&A With Charlie Piot, Author of The Fixer

Friday, June 28, 2019
The US Diversity Visa (DV) lottery, also referred to as the green card lottery, allocates 50,000 visas annually to those from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the US. Up to twenty million people from around the world apply each year, with winners selected by raffle. The... Read More »

Racist Pool Rules in NC and 'When They See Us' Makes an Old Story Go Global

Thursday, June 27, 2019
Critics and scholars, including Mark Anthony Neal, say the rules echo a long history of keeping black people out of private and public spaces. Neal and popular culture expert Natalie Bullock Brown join host Frank Stasio to talk about the story in the latest installment of #BackChannel, The... Read More »

Slavery Reparations Could Carry a $17 Trillion Price Tag

Thursday, June 27, 2019
William Darity, a public policy professor at Duke University, has researched reparations for decades. With Professor Dania Francis at UMass Amherst, their paper, “The Economics of Reparations,” notes that the United States has paid reparations to wronged communities before, including Japanese... Read More »

'Swinging While I'm Singing': Spike Lee, Public Enemy and the Message in the Music

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Beyond the visual provocations, Lee has never missed an opportunity to link music to his message. His brilliance as a filmmaker and tastemaker is tied to his use of the Black musical archive. Nowhere was this more pronounced than the song that opens Do This Right Thing, ... Read More »

Black People's Land Was Stolen

Thursday, June 20, 2019
Many leading proponents of reparations point to the federal government’s failure to provide land and resources (40 acres and a mule) to former slaves following emancipation, as promised, as laying the course for today’s inequities. “Had such a racial land reform taken place,” the Duke University... Read More »

Ahead of House Panel Hearing, We Discuss The History of the Slavery Reparations Movement

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
William Darity, a professor of public policy at Duke University, where one of his areas of expertise is the economics of reparations, is one of the guests discussing hearings for a bill that would create a commission to study how slavery impacted its descendants, as well as... Read More »

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