Economic Inequality & Racism

April 13, 2021

Heather McGhee and Ian Haney Lopez tell the story of how racism fuels economic inequality and what we can do about it.

Heather McGhee is the author of The Sum of Us which was published in March 2021. The book’s subtitle: “What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together” references her position that even white people pay an economic price for racism.

Ian Haney López is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He has published four books and two anthologies. His focus for the last decade has been on the use of racism as a class weapon in electoral politics, and how to respond. In Dog Whistle Politics (2014), he detailed the fifty-year history of coded racism in American politics. Ian has since actively promoted the idea of a race-class fusion as the basis for a multi-racial progressive majority.