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The Sum of Us

What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

Heather McGhee

Explore how racism has a cost for everyone, not just people of color, in this powerful analysis of inequality. Economist Heather McGhee takes us on a deeply personal journey across America, detailing how racism has contributed to collapsing public infrastructure, stagnant wages, and increased inequality. But where there is division, there is also solidarity. Through unlikely stories of hope and unity, The Sum of Us offers a new vision for a better America, where racism's devastating costs are finally understood by all.
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Everyone should read this outstanding book by @hmcghee, who elucidates a phenomenon we all feel but could never explain. Racism makes us all poorer - morally and financially.      source
This is a good short recap of one of the best books I've read this year: THE SUM OF US by @hmcghee. Among its big ideas: - Racism exacts a cost on everyone, not just those directly targeted. - Zero-sum thinking (If you gain, I lose) is pernicious.      source
Took me several weeks to get through Heather McGhee’s The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. It’s clearly one of the most important books I’ve ever read. The case studies-vignettes should move anyone in the category of “breathing human being.”      source
Heather’s new book is a powerful reminder that fighting racism doesn’t just benefit Black people or people of color, but is something that brings great benefit to every American. It serves as a much needed call to action in this post-uprisings, post-Capitol insurrection America where race is being pitched by conservatives as a zero-sum game.      source