The Case for Reparations

I. “So That’s Just One Of My Losses”

Clyde Ross was born in 1923, the seventh of 13 children, near Clarksdale, Mississippi, the home of the blues. Ross’s parents owned and farmed a 40-acre tract of land, flush with cows, hogs, and mules. Ross’s mother would drive to Clarksdale to do her shopping in a horse and buggy, in which she invested all the pride one might place in a Cadillac. The family owned another horse, with a red coat, which they gave to Clyde. The Ross family wanted for little, save that which all black families in the Deep South then desperately desired—the protection of the law.

Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong

By Matt O'Brien Not a day seems to go by where we're not reminded that inequality is growing in America. But it's not just outcomes that matter; it's opportunity. Last month, we looked at startling new research that showed that poor kids who do what they need to do -- go to college -- make just about as much money later in life as wealthy kids who don't even graduate high school. 

America is the land of opportunity, just for some more than others.

That's because, in large part, inequality starts in the crib. Rich parents can afford to spend more time and money on their kids, and that gap has only grown the past few decades. Indeed, economists Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane calculate that, between 1972 and 2006, high-income parents increased their spending on "enrichment activities" for their children by 151 percent in inflation-adjusted terms, compared to 57 percent for low-income parents.

Racial Bias, Even When We Have Good Intentions

The deaths of African-Americans at the hands of the police in Ferguson, Mo., in Cleveland and on Staten Island have reignited a debate about race. Some argue that these events are isolated and that racism is a thing of the past. Others contend that they are merely the tip of the iceberg, highlighting that skin color still has a huge effect on how people are treated.

Arguments about race are often heated and anecdotal. As a social scientist, I naturally turn to empirical research for answers. As it turns out, an impressive body of research spanning decades addresses just these issues — and leads to some uncomfortable conclusions and makes us look at this debate from a different angle.

The central challenge of such research is isolating the effect of race from other factors. For example, we know African-Americans earn less income, on average, than whites. Maybe that is evidence that employers discriminate against them. But maybe not. We also know African-Americans tend to be stuck in neighborhoods with worse schools, and perhaps that — and not race directly — explains the wage gap. If so, perhaps policy should focus on place rather than race, as some argue.

Unseen McQueen.

Every image unseen. Until now.

Award-winning photographer Barry Feinstein is remembered for his compelling images of the entertainment industry’s greatest stars. As Dave Brolan writes in his introduction to this stunning volume, Barry was a ‘brilliant documentary photographer with the eye of a fine artist. He would work almost unnoticed and be at the centre of the action for the vital moment.’

Combat Zone

Worth Motorcycle Company is not about motorcycles. We facilitate social and cultural equity by providing marginalized men and women an opportunity to acquire various skill-sets; skill-sets typically required to thrive in any environment- social, occupational, educational, and otherwise. In order to achieve this, we encourage students to broaden their worldviews by being amenable to something new. While this may not seem like much to many, the truth is, the better majority of us have not tried something new, nor attempted to do something different, in a long, long, long time. Unfortunately, this makes sense. It's hard to do something different, even when change is obviously needed. Different is hard because it's couched humility. In this context, humility can be described as an individual's willingness to acknowledge that someone else could be right. Also making different hard: hope. If you're changing, it's only because you're hopeful regarding the potential outcomes. And where there's hope, there's vulnerability, and vulnerability can be plain old dangerous for our students. With that said, nothing is any more dangerous than the way things are today for these kids.

Jeffrey Schad & Co.

Jeffrey Schad & Co.

Jeffrey Schad is a professional photographer who takes beautifully quiet and uncluttered pictures. He also builds rad bikes (see here and here). Super-custom, hand-built bikes where outcomes are more dependent upon a trued lathe than the efficiency with which some sophisticated CAD program is able to change the originally defined direction of polyline vertices. I know the bikes are amazing, not because they've been featured in an Olivier Mosset exhibit, but because I'm not into customs, and I'm genuinely into these (note: to definitively assess an individual's degree of radness, instruct individual with unknown rad quotient to build a chopper for someone who isn't typically moved by choppers. If what you've built makes that person cry, you're rad, off-the-chains rad).

Why the Rich Don't Give to Charity

The wealthiest Americans donate 1.3 percent of their income; the poorest, 3.2 percent. What's up with that?


When Mort Zuckerman, the New York City real-estate and media mogul, lavished $200 million on Columbia University in December to endow the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, he did so with fanfare suitable to the occasion: the press conference was attended by two Nobel laureates, the president of the university, the mayor, and journalists from some of New York’s major media outlets. Many of the 12 other individual charitable gifts that topped $100 million in the U.S. last year were showered with similar attention: $150 million from Carl Icahn to the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, $125 million from Phil Knight to the Oregon Health & Science University, and $300 million from Paul Allen to the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, among them. If you scanned the press releases, or drove past the many university buildings, symphony halls, institutes, and stadiums named for their benefactors, or for that matter read the histories of grand giving by the Rockefellers, Carnegies, Stanfords, and Dukes, you would be forgiven for thinking that the story of charity in this country is a story of epic generosity on the part of the American rich.

El Gringo Loco, the Shocking True Story.

The Gringo bolts from his bed. He’s been in the cartel seven months, a college-educated American kid from the suburbs of Portland with a shaved head and the massive shoulders of the offensive tackle he once was. It started out pure fun, easy money, gorgeous women and the camaraderie of soldiers. They called him La Flama Blanca, the white flame, which somehow inspired a series of Talladega Nights jokes.We know how to shake and bake Flama Blanca style! And man, did they party. But lately the Gringo’s been getting paranoid. That’s why he put the mirror against his door, the only alarm system that still works after Rigo freaked out and smashed all the alarms, thinking they were spy cameras.