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The sum of us : what racism costs everyone and how we can prosper together  Cover Image Book Book

The sum of us : what racism costs everyone and how we can prosper together / Heather McGhee.

McGhee, Heather C., (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9780525509561
  • ISBN: 0525509569
  • Physical Description: xxiii, 415 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : One World, [2021]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-397) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
An old story : the zero-sum hierarchy -- Racism drained the pool -- Going without -- Ignoring the canary -- No one fights alone -- Never a real democracy -- Living apart -- The same sky -- The hidden wound -- The solidarity dividend.
Summary, etc.:
In the 1950s and 1960s, white officials in communities across the country opted to drain their public swimming pools rather than integrate them. Generations later, America still hasn't recognized that racism has a cost for everyone. But our future can look different. Heather McGhee's specialty is the American economy--and the mystery of why it so often fails the American public. From the 2008 financial crisis to rising student debt to collapsing public infrastructure, she found a common root problem: racism. But not just in the most obvious indignities for people of color. Racism has costs for white people, too. It is the common denominator of our most vexing public problems, the core dysfunction of our democracy and constitutive of the spiritual and moral crisis that grip us all. But how did this happen? And is there a way out? McGhee embarks on a deeply personal journey across the country from Maine to Mississippi to California, tallying what we lose when we buy into the zero-sum paradigm--the idea that progress for some of us must come at the expense of others. --From dust jacket.
Subject: Racism > United States.
Race discrimination > United States.
United States > Race relations > Economic aspects.
Race relations > Economic aspects.
Race discrimination.
United States.

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