2021 Book Circles:
By Heather McGhee
This fall, the DCF is proud to be hosting Heather McGhee as our Building Opportunity Featured Speaker, in partnership with Barclays US Consumer Bank. Before you see her speak in October, read her book, The Sum of Us.
We have given away all free copies and concluded our Book Circles for 2021.
You can still get a copy of The Sum of Us from your local library or purchase one.
Despite its position as one of the world’s most advanced economies, America has, time and time again, created policies that routinely fail its people — from the 2008 financial crisis, to crippling student debt, to the continued lack of universal healthcare. But there exists a common thread that links all of these problems, says public policy expert Heather McGhee: Racism. Structural racism is the driver of inequality — not just for people of color, but for everyone.
In her new book The Sum Of Us, McGhee takes readers on a journey across the country, where she explores, with compassion, intelligence, and great care, 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. “Now more than ever, racial division is a tool wielded by those who are the most wealthy, the most powerful, and the most self-interested,” explains McGhee. What would actually improve our lives, and everything we share in common—from our infrastructure to our education system to democracy itself—would be to come together across racial divides.
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