'If You Think Something's The Right Thing To Do, Then You Pursue It'

Monday, June 3, 2019
No economist has addressed the issue with the persistence and power that Duke University’s William Darity Jr. has. For nearly three decades, “Sandy” Darity has written papers and given presentations discussing the rationale and design of reparations policy. Next year, he will publish a book... Read More »

A Black Billionaire and Queen Latifah Pay It Forward; Rihanna's Empire and Wu-Tang Clan

Thursday, May 30, 2019
Can philanthropy be a substitute for public policy? Popular culture experts Mark Anthony Neal and Natalie Bullock Brown take on that question with host Frank Stasio in the latest installment of #BackChannel, The State of Things’ recurring series connecting culture and context.... Read More »

Who Should Receive Reparations for Slavery and Discrimination?

Friday, May 24, 2019
Alondra Nelson, a professor of sociology at Columbia University and president of the Social Science Research Council, talked with two prominent scholars who have addressed the issue: Darrick Hamilton, the executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity ... Read More »

What Reparations For Slavery Might Look Like in 2019

Thursday, May 23, 2019
William A. Darity Jr., an economist at Duke University and a leading scholar on reparations, suggests two qualifying conditions: having at least one ancestor who was enslaved in the United States, and having identified oneself as African-American on a legal document for at least a decade before the... Read More »

Racial Wealth Gap is Vast: 2020 Democrats Have Plans to Close It

Monday, May 20, 2019
"We need simultaneously a reparations program and a set of transformative policies that apply to everyone, but we need both,” William A. Darity Jr., a Duke professor who has advocated for the concept, said. “The latter cannot substitute for the former.” Read More

Sandy Darity Has Some Thoughts About Inequality

Thursday, May 16, 2019
THE LONGER ONE TALKS TO DARITY, the more the sad irony of the situation becomes clear. The statistics he has helped uncover—for example, that white households in Boston have a median net worth of $247,500; for African Americans, that number is a mere eight dollars—are striking snapshots that at... Read More »

Sandy Darity Has Some Thoughts About Inequality

Thursday, May 16, 2019
As an undergraduate at Brown, though, in his initial economics classes, he witnessed “the way in which economists would explain, say, inequality across individuals or across social groups as attributable to something they call ‘human capital differences,’ ” Darity says, outlining the theory that... Read More »

Believe The Hype: Zion Williamson is Gonna Shock the World

Monday, May 13, 2019
At Duke he has taken his interest in performing arts and creative industries and has pursued classes that further expand on those areas. With his face brimming in excitement, he begins to list off his favorite classes at the Durham institution. “My favorite class was History of Hip-Hop, taught... Read More »

Three Black Women Win Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America

Friday, May 3, 2019
“The three young women who have focused their energy on demonstrating how standards of black beauty speak for American standards of beauty are to be commended,” said Thomas DeFrantz, a professor in the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University. Read More

Remembering John Singleton and Nipsey Hussle, Plus the Style and Swag of Lizzo and Beyoncé

Thursday, May 2, 2019
Mark Anthony Neal on the legacy of Nipsey Hussle: He was an underground guy. He made his reputation basically on a mixtape he did in 2013 that he sold for $100 ... He had just released his first official major label release which earned him a Grammy award. What folks loved about Nipsey was the... Read More »