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WATCH: William Darity on Reparations and Campaign 2020

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Duke University professor William Darity talked about reparations and the role they could play in the 2020 presidential campaign. He spoke via video link from Durham, North Carolina. WATCH

Reparations: Democrats Renew Debate Over How To Heal the Legacy of Slavery

Thursday, March 21, 2019
In an interview, Darity acknowledged that almost none of these programs realistically constituted the sort of reparations his research has advocated, but suggested even the fact the debate existed at all should be seen as a positive advance. “Suddenly the term reparations is not verboten in the... Read More »

Charlie Piot To Head DukeEngage

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Charlie Piot, professor of cultural anthropology African and African American Studies, will succeed Mlyn as DukeEngage director. Piot launched and leads DukeEngage-Togo, a program where students conduct service projects such as teaching computer classes in Western African countries... Read More »

Democrats Are Taking Reparations Seriously - And That's a Big Deal

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
"This is important, and the major reason I think it's important is that in the other significant instance of reparations being provided, for Japanese-Americans who were incarcerated unjustly, that program was the result of a commission," said William "Sandy" Darity, a Duke University professor who... Read More »

One Way to Make Reparations Work

Thursday, March 14, 2019
The simplest suggestion for a wealth transfer is the idea of baby bonds, advanced by economists William Darity and Darrick Hamilton. If done as a form of reparations, the program would simply endow every black child with a government trust fund, worth perhaps $21,000 to $47,000... Read More »

LISTEN: Michael Jackson Academic Discusses Abuse Claims in Leaving Neverland

Monday, March 11, 2019
The two-part documentary alleging the king of pop Michael Jackson was a serial child rapist began screening on TVNZ last night. Leaving Neverland has prompted a worldwide storm, with many radio stations pulling Jackson's music off their playlists. The Jackson family has angrily denied the... Read More »

'Black Duke' Takes Flight

Monday, March 11, 2019
“You had this idea about the kind of black players Coach K recruited,” said Duke professor Mark Anthony Neal, chair of the African and African-American studies department. “Kind of a cut-and-dried, clean-cut type of black player … a lot seemed to be mixed-race. When it came to color, they were... Read More »

'Leaving Neverland' and What To Do With Michael Jackson's Music

Monday, March 11, 2019
“People are being asked to grapple with trauma, actual harm, inflicted on living human beings by a dead man who is not merely beloved. He was unparalleled,” said Mark Anthony Neal, a professor of African and African American studies at Duke University, who saw his first Jackson concert in 1971... Read More »

Colin Kaepernick and the Anti-Racism Industry

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Duke University economist Sandy Darity has studied racial wealth gaps, and his conclusions are stark. According to Darity, “for families in which the lead earner has a college degree, the average white family has $180,500 in wealth. The average black family? $23,400.” As Ezra Klein of Vox... Read More »

How 'Leaving Neverland' Puts Michael Jackson's Cultural Legacy and $2 Billion Empire in Jeopardy

Monday, March 4, 2019
“In some ways, I don’t think a film like this gets made or gets the kind of wide circulation that it does in absence of the #MeToo movement,” said Mark Anthony Neal, a professor of African and African American studies at Duke University, who teaches a course on Michael Jackson and the black... Read More »

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