Examining the hidden costs of racism

This month’s Equity Resource is a book recommendation from former Tangletown Neighborhood Association board member and Equity Committee co-chair, Juliana.

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together” by Heather McGhee explores the economic and societal costs of racism, illustrating how policies that marginalize people of color also negatively impact white people. McGhee argues that the zero-sum mindset, which views progress for some as a loss for others, is detrimental to society as a whole. The book combines data-based research with personal anecdotes to highlight how collective prosperity is achievable through racial equity.

Additional resource: Listen to a 2021 NPR Fresh Air interview with the author Heather McGhee