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Portraits of Dr. William A. Darity, Jr., Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, Professor of African and African American Studies, Professor of Economics at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center for Social Equity at Duke University  in Durham, North Carolina, Monday, June 10, 2019  (Justin Cook for The Wall Street Journal)<br />
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For decades, William A. Darity Jr. and Darrick Hamilton toiled in obscurity, two African-American economists touting guaranteed jobs and reparations for slave descendants, blasting mainstream economists for failing to address racial disparities. - - - - - - Now the two scholars find themselves in the limelight of the 2020 presidential campaign. - - - - - - On stage at a March conference for liberal activists, Mr. Hamilton gets a hug from New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who tells him: “You’ve really laid the foundation for a lot of things that we’re doing.” Backstage, California Sen. Kamala Harris chats with Mr. Hamilton, an Ohio State University professor who helped her shape a middle-class tax cut proposal. Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, asked in a television interview how to frame the party’s new platform, replies: “There’s an extraordinary economist named Darrick Hamilton who talks about a more conscious capitalism.” - - - - - - For Mr. Hamilton, and for his Duke University mentor, Mr. Darity, the frequent engagement with Democratic hopefuls marks a breakthrough. “I’m becoming mainstream,” says Mr. Hamilton, who has also advised Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on job guarantees and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren on student debt relief. - - - - - - Many Democratic lawmakers and voters are moving left, creating an opening for big-government solutions to perceived free-market failures. They talk more explicitly about race, appealing to the party’s minority-heavy base. Sweeping ideas – the grander the better -- are more fashionable than the “incrementalism�
Portraits of Dr. William A. Darity, Jr., Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, Professor of African and African American Studies, Professor of Economics at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center for Social Equity at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Monday, June 10, 2019 (Justin Cook for The Wall Street Journal)

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