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Gr 5 Up—Economic and social policy expert McGhee blends narrative with research to explain the systemic pitfalls
of the zero-sum "us versus them" racial hierarchy, a result of white supremacy. This deep dive advocates for
solidarity with concrete examples and metrics of success.
BackstoryBooks | 1 outra crítica | Apr 1, 2024 |
Much as I empathize with this book’s perspective, I found the analysis lacking and the conclusions incredulous.

Her travels and reading have convinced her that America has “reached a productive and moral limit” to the I-win-you-lose school of self-government. That it’s time to open the gates to economic and social parity. That public policy in this regard can be judged a complete failure. That if the poor and downtrodden pull together, a new age will magically appear. (Is this the dawn of Aquarius?)

McGhee figures that a Truth and Transformation committee will kickstart America onto a path of justice and economic wellbeing for all. This in a country whose track record is to beggar people who need a doctor, higher education, a home, or try to make a living.

It is another cruel tale of American exceptionalism, but in this case Americans have proven themselves exceptionally bad at self-governance. The binding metaphor is of a community that fills in its community swimming pool to keep the races from mixing, something that happened with astonishing regularity in the last century, both literally and figuratively.

As another reader of this book has pointed out, the book’s title is misleading. It isn’t about “how we can prosper together,” it’s a litany of situations where the many (read: white people) have prospered at the expense of the few (read: black people).

And as former Labor Secretary Robert Reich has pointed out in his endless Instagram screeds, the pandemic has proven it will happen again and again: the rich will find ways to get much richer.

Donald Trump presented his one man committee on truth. It has led America down a rabbit-hole not of transformation but of recrimination, fantasy, and self-justification such that I would argue it actually launched a new DARK AGES for mankind.

The good news for Americans is that they’re not alone. Piracy of the public agenda is an epidemic around the globe.
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MylesKesten | 17 outras críticas | Jan 23, 2024 |
White America has been cutting off its nose to spite its face. Heather McGee calls this "drained pool politics." Rather than share a public pool with Black people, whites would rather drain the pool. Now no one has a pool (except, of course, the rich).

Can we change the "us vs. them" zero-sum mentality? I think the powerful idea in this book is that being anti-racist is not a selfless act for white people. Anti-racism improves the lives of BIPOC *and* white people. To quote the book:

Everything depends on the answer to this question. Who is an American, and what are we to one another? Politics offers two visions: one in which we are competitors and another in which our proximity forces us to admit our common humanity. The narrative that white people should see the well-being of people of color as a threat to their own is one of the most powerful stories in America. Until we destroy that idea, opponents of progress can always unearth it and use it to block any collective action that benefits us all.

There are some hopeful stories in this book where folks reaped a "solidarity dividend" through unionizing a diverse workforce or getting out the vote or passing new legislation.

McGhee also says early on that her book isn't meant to minimize the impact of racism on BIPOC. She says she's "widening the aperture to show the costs of white supremacy on our entire society." We're used to only thinking about the harm racism has done to BIPOC. If you zoom out, you can see that it harms us all.
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LibrarianDest | 17 outras críticas | Jan 3, 2024 |
Very depressing until the end. There’s a vision to move forward, but so many obstacles too.
danielskatz | 17 outras críticas | Dec 26, 2023 |



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