“We overstate the value of education for the purposes of economic gain, as opposed to the intrinsic value that’s associated with having a more skeptical mind, being better informed, being a critical thinker. ... It’s completely desirable to get additional education. But do not have the expectation that doing that will change the relative position of black folks in comparison to white folks. We have to do something much more dramatic, that’s much more transformative. In a sense the capacity to close these kinds of gaps is not within the hands of black folks to do without there being social policy changes, policy support, or transformations in this society. We can’t do it by ourselves.” William A. Darity Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy at Duke University
Antonio Moore, an attorney based in Los Angeles, is one of the producers of the Emmy-nominated documentary Freeway: Crack in the System. He has contributed pieces to the Grio, Huffington Post, and Inequality.org on the topics of race, mass incarceration and economics. Follow him on YouTube Channel Tonetalks.