Year 16, Book 20

20. The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee

Heather McGhee begins The Sum of Us by asking the question why can’t we have nice things. And no matter what the question is referring to the answer is racism. She spends the rest of the book exploring how racism has influenced every part of our country and does not just hurt minorities but white people too. She explores how we can work together to change the narrative that benefitting everyone will take away from those that already have to show how everyone can better prosper when we’re trying to create policies that work for everyone and not just some. I give it a 9 out of 10.

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