The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
McGee takes us back even before the founding of the country to explain how and why this theory came to be. She walks us through history giving us example after example of whites screwing themselves over rather than h ...more
’The white citizens burned the edifice of their own government rather than submit to a multiracial democracy.'
The above quote references an election in 1872, but is, perhaps, more relevant today.
I began reading this on January 8th, two days after the attack on the Capitol, made for difficulty concentrating. I am pretty sure it took me as long to read this as it did to read Lonesome Dove, despite it being less than 450 pages - the essays comprise 61% of the book, the remainder including Acknowle ...more
Heather McGhee, political commentator and former President of Demos (a progressive think tank) has written a book with a deceptively simple premise: Racism costs everyone. The harm that racism does society, while disproportionately affecting people of color, also harms working- and middle-class white people. Sadly, too many white Americans have fallen for the lie propagated by wealthy white elit ...more
The author proceeds to prove her case with stats and many stories. I was familiar with much of the material already from other books.
The book linked below, which came out two years ago, has the same thesis, but is 100 pages shorter. It might be better to start with this one.
Heather McGhee's specialty is the American economy--and the mystery of why it so often fails the American public. From the financial crisis to rising st ...more
Her argument is a compelling one. And original in its approach. In "The Sum of Us," Ms McGhee demonst ...more
It took me a bit to get through it, because it was so descriptive, well-researched, and, frankly, depressing. Heather McGhee covers topics like housing, segregation, labor unions, schools, and healthcare to show how white people have bought into a zero-sum mindset (the idea that if you get more than you used to get, it means I must be getting less) and have actually hurt THEMSELVES thinking this way. (Of course this mindset hurts black and brown people most.)
Some ta ...more
McGhee argues that when racist whites are opposed to public services, it's not because they want smaller government. It's because of their racism. They don't want blacks to benefit.
McGhee concludes that the strength of the ...more
But I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised. Conservative Texas politicians immediately went on the offensive. Former Governor and energy secretary Rick Perry said ...more
This is a truly genius book in so many ways, from how McGhee makes the political personal to how she chooses to categorize intertwining issues. But the ...more
This author dives into plenty in this lengthy dissertation but leaves a gaping, underlining real question of "why?" that beckons of the need for a deeper exploration into the Republican perspective.
Presenting her research as a singular case to prove her viewpoints, I had more questions go unanswered than answered. I appreciated the valid points she made and all that I learned. Much of what she presents speaks volumes. I'm just not sure if the author realize ...more
Thanks to NetGalley and the ...more
The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee is required reading for anyone building an anti-racism reading list. McGhee, not only points out the problems and their roots, she gives us examples of people working to improve the nation towards its goal of freedom and equality for all. Highly Recommended.
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are mine and mine alone.
Review: The Sum of Us
Metzl, a medical doctor and sociologist, focused narrowly on four “red" states, on specific conservative policy positions in those states--e.g., regarding gun control, Obamacare, and p...more
When Demos announced that McGhee would be moving on from her role as a day-to-day executive at the organization to move into a space more aligned with her ...more
The text however is hindered by a lack of cohesion in its analysis and some glaring omissions. While austerity is critiqued, the text blames th ...more
In this book, Heather McGhee argues that racism has long been based on the assumption of a zero-sum game: that when BIPOC people are given more (eq ...more
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