The Sum Of Us : What Racism Costs Everyone And How We Can Prosper Together
—McGhee, Heather C., author narrator.
EAudiobook
2021

"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.

Item Details
Subjects:
Racism -- United States.
United States -- Race relations -- Economic aspects.
Genre:
Electronic audio books.
Other Authors:
OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Overdrive
ISBN:
9780593207727
Description:
1 sound file : digital
digital
digital stereo
audio file
Notes:
Includes index.
Electronic audio file.
Read by Heather McGhee.
Electronic reproduction. New York Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group 2021 Available via World Wide Web.
Contents:
An old story : the zero-sum hierarchy
Racism starves the public
Going without
Ignoring the canary
Working class solitary lost
Never a real democracy
Living apart
The same sky
The hidden wound
The solitary dividend.
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