October 3, 2023
Faith & Action Fall Event 2023
NYT bestselling author & policy advocate
The Sum of Us
The cost of racism affects us all, but uniting across our differences to fight economic injustice benefits us all and promises greater opportunities for economic mobility.
“Is it possible that our society’s racism has likewise been backfiring on the very same people set up to benefit from privilege?”
This question, prompted by an exchange on a live call-in show, sent author and economist Heather McGhee on an odyssey to reveal the economic impact of racism. Her conclusion? Racism costs us all and fighting together against economic injustices could unite people across divisions and bring more opportunities for economic mobility. Hear how she believes this can work as she shares insights from her New York Times-bestseller The Sum of Us at the Faith & Action Fall Event.
This event is sponsored by the Lumina Foundation, Mike and Sue Smith Family Fund and the Petticrew Foundation.
On Oct. 3, the Faith & Action Fall Event will feature author and economist Heather McGhee as its keynote speaker. To prepare for that evening and encourage engagement with McGhee’s ideas, themes, and suggested solutions, CTS is hosting a pair of September book discussions open to the public and hosted by Indiana native and recent CTS graduate Rev. Grace Kozak.
Discussion participants will likely be challenged by the thesis of The Sum of Us. The book highlights ways that racism costs white people at the same time it costs Black people, and how policies and practices with racist overtones – such as low minimum wages, union busting and housing discrimination – make life harder for poor whites as well as poor minorities.
An economist who focuses on what she has dubbed “drained-pool politics,” McGhee is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. Her work has earned her regular appearances on shows such as “Meet the Press” and “Real Time with Bill Maher,” and she is a frequent contributor to NBC News. She chairs the board of Color of Change, the country’s largest online racial justice organization, championing solutions to inequality in America. In this effort, she has crafted legislation, testified before Congress, and helped shape presidential campaign platforms. Her opinions, writing, and research have been published in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other outlets.
Click the link below to learn more about Heather from her website.
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