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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

  • 3 of 7 copies available at Sage Library System.

Current holds

1 current hold with 7 total copies.

Summary:

"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.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Baker County Library 305.800073 .M478s 2021 (Text) 37814003341725 NON-FICTION - NEW Book System_Only_3months 04/30/2021 Checked out 07/08/2021
Columbia Gorge Community College Library 305.8 MCGHE 2021 (Text) 39705000051960 New Book Shelf Book None 05/11/2021 On holds shelf -
Cook Memorial Library - La Grande 305.8 M145 (Text) 35178001822017 New Adult Non-Fiction Book Branch_Only_3months 03/17/2021 Checked out 06/22/2021
Hermiston Public Library 305.8 MCG (Text) 37838000731208 Adult Non-Fiction Book Branch_Only_3months 05/10/2021 Available -
Hood River County Library 305.8 MCG 2021 (Text) 33892100730275 Adult New Books Book None 04/07/2021 Checked out 07/10/2021
Milton-Freewater Public Library 305.8 McGhe (Text) 37862000478685 Adult Non-Fiction Book Branch_Only_3months 06/04/2021 Available -
The Dalles Wasco County Library 305.8 MCG (Text) 33892006653415 NEW BOOKS New/High Demand None 04/07/2021 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780525509561
  • ISBN: 0525509569
  • 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 (295-397) 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.
Race relations > Economic aspects.
United States > Race relations > Economic aspects.
Summary: "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.

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