Tue, 15 June 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

Heather McGhee

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‘With intelligence and care (as well as with a trove of sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes heart-opening true stories) Heather McGhee shows us what racism has cost all of us’ – Elizabeth Gilbert

What would make a society drain its public swimming baths and fill them with concrete rather than opening them to everyone? Political researcher Heather McGhee set out across America to learn why white voters so often act against their own interests.

Why do they block changes that would help them, and even destroy their own advantages, whenever people of colour also stand to benefit? Their tragedy is that they believe they can’t win unless somebody else loses. But this is a lie, and McGhee marshals overwhelming economic evidence, and a profound well of empathy, to reveal the surprising truth: even racists lose out under white supremacy. There is no escaping the burden of discrimination.

In this livestream event, Heather will show us how America’s racism is everybody’s problem – and offer a timely invitation to solidarity among all humans, to piece together a new story of who we could be to one another.

Praise for Heather McGhee’s The Sum of Us:

‘This is the book I’ve been waiting for’ Ibram X. Kendi, bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist

‘A must read for everyone who wants to understand how we got here, but more importantly, where we can go from here’ Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter

‘A powerhouse of a book’ Elizabeth Gilbert

‘Vital, urgent, stirring, beautifully written’ George Saunders

‘An extraordinary book for these difficult days’ Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

‘Illuminating and hopeful … She explains in exacting detail how racism causes white people to suffer’ New York Times

‘A powerful, singular, and prescriptive blend of the macro and the intimate’ O Magazine

‘An eye-opening, powerful argument for working ever harder for racial equity’ Kirkus

‘Every so often a book comes along that seems perfectly timed to the moment and has the potential to radically shift our cultural conversation. The Sum of Us is one of those books’ Chicago Tribune

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Heather McGhee

Political Researcher and Policy Expert

Heather McGhee is an expert in economic and social policy. The former president of the inequality-focused think tank Demos, she has drafted US legislation, testified before Congress and appeared on numerous news discussion shows. She chairs the board of Color of Change, America’s largest online racial justice organization.