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

McGhee, Heather C., (author.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 5 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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1 current hold with 5 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Coatesville-Clay Twp PL - Coatesville 305.8 MCGHEE (Text) 78321000031937 Adult Fiction In process -
Hamilton North PL - Cicero Main Branch 305.8.c McGhee, Heather (Text) 78294000279697 New Adult Non-Fiction In process -
Lebanon PL - Lebanon 305.8 MCGHEE (Text) 34330513505678 Adult - New Non-Fiction In process -
Mooresville PL - Mooresville 305.8 MCG (Text) 37323005650315 NEW-BKS Available -
Whiting PL - Whiting ON ORDER (Text) WHTNG9780525509561 On order On order -

Record details

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

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
An old story: the zero-sum hierarchy -- Racism drained the pool -- Going without -- Ignoring the canary -- Non one fights alone -- Never a real democracy -- Living apart -- The same sky -- The hidden wound -- The solitary dividend.
Summary, etc.:
"Heather C. McGhee's specialty is the American economy--and the mystery of why it so often fails the American public. As she dug into subject after subject, from the financial crisis to declining wages to collapsing public infrastructure, she found a common problem at the bottom of them all: racism--but not just in the obvious ways that hurt people of color. Racism has costs for white people, too. It's the common denominator in our most vexing public problems, even beyond our economy. It is at the core of the dysfunction of our democracy and even the spiritual and moral crises that grip us. Racism is a toxin in the American body and it weakens us all. But how did this happen? And is there a way out? To find the way, McGhee embarks on a deeply personal journey across the country from Mississippi to Maine, tallying up 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. Along the way, she collects the stories of white people who confide in her about losing their homes, their dreams and their shot at a better job to the toxic mix of American racism and greed. This is the story of how public goods in this country--from parks and pools to functioning schools--have become private luxuries; of how unions collapsed, wages stagnated, and inequality increased; and of how this country, unique among the world's advanced economies, has thwarted universal healthcare. It's why we fail to prevent environmental and public health crises that require collective action. But in unlikely places of worship and work, McGhee also finds proof of what she calls the Solidarity Dividend: gains that come when people come together across race, to the benefit of all involved"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Racism > United States.
United States > Race relations > Economic aspects.

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