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

One World. Feb. 2023. 240p. pap. $17.99. ISBN 9780593562628.
Gr 5 Up–Racism harms not only those directly targeted by it, but in fact harms all of us: that is the thesis offered by longtime policy advocate McGhee in this expertly abridged edition of the eponymous, critically acclaimed bestseller. McGhee walks readers through this worldview concept by concept, examining different facets of American society in which it is starkly apparent that zero-sum, “us versus them” racism enacted in the interest of white supremacy leads to concrete and drastic losses for all, not just the minoritized and marginalized. Topics covered are extensive, including the abandonment of public utilities, limiting access to funding for higher education and affordable health care, the construction and implementation of drug laws, real estate policy, environmental policy, and much more. Throughout, McGhee makes the case for her readers to seek out “solidarity dividends” or the societal benefits that are reaped by all when progress is achieved and applied equitably, providing examples of proven successes and opportunities to break the mold. Back matter includes a thorough index and a link to supplemental references.
VERDICT Concisely and bitingly written with broad appeal and usefulness to researchers and general readers alike. A first and necessary purchase.

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