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Virginia Seminary Sets Aside $1.7 million to Pay Reparations to Descendants of Slaves

Monday, September 9, 2019
"As far as I know this is a first for any academic institution in the United States," said William A. Darity Jr., a professor and expert on reparations at Duke University. Read More

Members of Exonerated Five Reflect on 'Criminal System of Injustice' in Monday Talk

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
At an event at Page Auditorium moderated by Mark Anthony Neal, James B. Duke professor of African and African American studies, the two spoke of their story’s connection to racial bias, the flawed criminal justice system and the media’s role in both. They described their story as one of... Read More »

Reparations Expert Says It's Time To Stop the Tired Narrative That Black People Can't Manage Money

Thursday, August 22, 2019
Duke University Economics Professor William ‘Sandy’ Darity, is one of many vocal supporters of reparations, leading the charge to make people look more intently at the data and empirical evidence around Black wealth in this country, rather than concluding a narrative based on... Read More »

Column: Trickle Down Theory Is A Monstrous Lie Intended to Justify the Rich Getting Richer

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
William Darity, a professor of public policy at Duke University, said it’s “nonsensical” to think that greater wealth for the rich translates to improved fortunes for everyone else.  “Otherwise we would not have observed such an obscene increase in the degree of income inequality that has... Read More »

1619: The Racist Roots of the U.S. Wealth Gap

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
You can really draw a clear line from the earliest days of slavery…to the racial wealth gap and economic picture of this country today. Today, 400 years since slavery began in the United States, we’re going to draw those connections with William Darity, who goes by Sandy. He's the... Read More »

Is Slavery's Legacy in the Power Dynamics of Sport?

Friday, August 16, 2019
Still, player clout has limits, Mark Anthony Neal, chair of the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University, cautioned. He cited Warriors Coach Steve Kerr’s recent criticism of players who tried to force trades while under contract. Neal also cited when Phil... Read More »

10 Years of Maschine: 9th Wonder

Thursday, August 15, 2019
Step into the studio with Duke AAAS professor 9th Wonder, the legendary producer behind Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, and more. Find out what makes him one of the most energetic, inspiring, and influential producers in the game – and see how he creates his signature soulful... Read More »

A Vast Wealth Gap Driven By Segregation, Redlining, Evictions and Exclusion Separates Black and White Amerca

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
“The origins of the racial wealth gap start with the failure to provide the formerly enslaved with the land grants of 40 acres,” says William A. Darity Jr., a professor of public policy and African-American studies at Duke University. Any financial progress that black people made was regarded as an... Read More »

Toni Morrison Remembered As a 'Writer For This Age'

Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Holloway, the James B. Duke Professor Emerita of English, vividly recalls an encounter with Morrison at Duke in the late 1990s. Morrison was in town for a standing-room-only symposium entitled “African-American Women: The Body Politic” -- one of several visits the Nobel laureate paid to Duke.... Read More »

150 Years Later, Slavery Reparations Are On The Agenda Again

Friday, August 2, 2019
For a brief and all-too-rare moment in American politics, the case for slavery reparations took center stage Tuesday night, and William Darity Jr. was thrilled. Darity is a public policy professor at Duke University and an acclaimed scholar on reparations, and for the first time in his life the... Read More »

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