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The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  14 reviews
For every dollar owned by the average white family in the United States, the average family of color has less than a dime. Why do people of color have so little wealth? The Color of Wealth lays bare a dirty secret: for centuries, people of color have been barred by laws and by discrimination from participating in government wealth-building programs that benefit white Ameri ...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published June 5th 2006 by The New Press (first published June 1st 2006)
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Charles Denison iv
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
A comprehensive look at the historic political and socio-economic reasons why there is a large wealth disparity between white and non-white groups in America. A must read for anyone interested in the issue of economic inequality.
May 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone

April 2, 2007
Shannon Gibney

Shannon Gibney writes on "The Color of Wealth" by Rose Brewer, who teaches at the University of Minnesota.

“The wealth gap is a profound problem for democracy here in the U.S.,” says University of Minnesota professor Rose Brewer. “A lot of people have studied the income gap, and how that has been closing post-Civil Rights Movement, but there has been far less attention paid to the persistent and growing wealth gap between White
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
OK, I didn't actually finish this book. I ran out of time before my book group discussion. But I read enough to be enlightened and horrified by the countless ways that racist US government policies and the racist actions of other powerful institutions, such as the real estate business, have first robbed Native Americans of their land and then robbed all people of color of fair (or in the case of enslaved Africans, any) recompense for their labor over centuries and thus prevented them from accumu ...more
So good. Such a useful overview of institutional ways that financial resources have been taken away or otherwise kept from people of color in the US, and how they have been given/redirected towards white folks, and how white-owned resources have been better positioned to accumulate wealth. Also has a good breakdown of the ways ethnic groups that are now considered white received different treatment in the US, but how they still benefited from not ever officially being listed being people of colo ...more
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
"The Color of Wealth": A bevy of economists demonstrate in massive detail the racial origins of wealth inequality and the myriad ways government policy has contributed to the racial wealth gap. Super important work if a tad dry in places.
Not a fan of the author's style. Although I agree with the analysis, the writing was extremely dense and biased. However, it is important to know this information.
Jeffrey Berger
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pulls back the cover on the history of structural (and individual) white supremacy in our country. A must read for anyone wanting a clear-eyed look at what must be done for the sakes of all of us.
Aug 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Found this look into the historical roots of inequity to be quite fascinating.
Dec 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
I appreciated the layout by race then with a concluding chapter focusing on white privilege followed by a chapter with possible solutions.
Feb 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating book... places a priority on FACTS, and explodes a lot of pre-conceived notions regarding wealth and its distribution (current and past) in the United States.
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Strong economic survey of economic racial divide and its relevance today.
Apr 17, 2007 marked it as to-read
I heard a recording of a speech the author gave on NPR, and can't wait to get ahold of this book.
Nov 12, 2007 marked it as to-read
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