Books: Non-Fiction

The Sum of Us: How Racism Hurts Everyone (Young Readers Edition)

Book — Non-fiction. By Heather McGhee. 2023. 240 pages.
This young readers edition analyzes racism in U.S. politics and policymaking, and provides a potential path forward through solidarity.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 21st Century
Themes: Economics, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity

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Heather McGhee, author of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, believes that all people, of all ages and all backgrounds, need to rethink their attitude toward race and strive together to create opportunities that benefit everyone.

This book, adapted for young readers, is a call to action. McGhee examines how damaging racism is, not only to people of color but also to white people. She offers hope and real solutions so we can all prosper. An expert in economic policy, McGhee draws lessons both from her work at a think tank and from her travels around the country talking to everyday people in the U.S. fighting for a more just and inclusive society.

The people she meets prove how the stories we tell ourselves about race and belonging influence the policies that determine our shared economic future. [Adapted from publisher’s description.]

ISBN: 9780593562628 | Delacorte Press

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