The Regulator Bookshop welcomes William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen for a virtual reading and discussion of their new book, From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century. They will be joined by John Tateishi, author of Redress: The Inside Story of the Successful Campaign for Japanese American Reparations in a conversation about their respective books and movements for reparations.
This event is co-sponsored by UNC-Press.
In From Here to Equality, William Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen confront our nation's history of racial injustice and discrimination head-on and make the most comprehensive case to date for economic reparations for U.S. descendants of slavery.
Darity and Mullen look to both the past and the present to measure the inequalities borne of slavery and offer a detailed roadmap for an effective reparations program, including a substantial payment to each documented U.S. black descendant of slavery.
Taken individually, any one of the three eras of injustice outlined by Darity and Mullen--slavery, Jim Crow, and modern-day discrimination--makes a powerful case for black reparations. Taken collectively, they are impossible to ignore.
WILLIAM A. DARITY, JR. is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics at Duke University.
A. KIRSTEN MULLEN is a writer, folklorist, museum consultant, and lecturer whose work focuses on race, art, history, and politics.
JOHN TATEISHI, born in Los Angeles in 1939, was incarcerated from ages three to six at Manzanar, one of America’s ten World War II concentration camps. He studied English Literature at UC Berkeley and attended UC Davis for graduate studies He played important roles in leading the campaign for Japanese American redress, and, as the director of the Japanese American Citizens League, he used the lessons of the campaign to help ensure that the rights of the nation’s Arab and Muslim communities were protected after 9/11.