A new study from the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Racial Equity at Duke University addresses "What We Get Wrong About Closing the Racial Wealth Gap." Notably, the report "addresses ten commonly held myths about the racial wealth gap in the United States" and concludes that conventional ideas, including "greater educational attainment, harder work, better financial decisions, and other changes in habits and practices on the part of Blacks" will not "bridge the racial chasm in wealth" between Blacks and Whites and that moreover, these so-called solutions "place the brunt of the responsibility on Black Americans, to correct a problem they did not create." Authors indicate that "a narrative that places the onus of the racial wealth gap on black defectiveness is false in all of its permutations" and that the cause of the racial wealth gap "must be found in the structural characteristics of the American economy, heavily infused at every point with both an inheritance of racism and the ongoing authority of white supremacy." The report can be found in its entirety here.
The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Racial Equity at Duke University is a scholarly collaborative engaged in the study of the causes and consequences of inequality and in the assessment and redesign of remedies for inequality and its adverse effects. Concerned with the economic, political, social and cultural dimensions of uneven and inequitable access to resources, opportunity and capabilities, Cook Center researchers take a cross-national comparative approach to the study of human difference and disparity. The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.'s vision is to see Black women and girls live in a world where socio-economic inequity does not exist.