- Eye Opening
- Concrete Examples
Racism affects every member of a society, not only the victims. When racism corrupts public policy, it impedes economic growth and harms everyone, including those the policy is supposed to benefit. Economist Heather C. McGhee found racism lurking at the heart of many of America’s most vexing problems, including failing infrastructure and the financial crash of 2008. In her research, she saw repeated examples of zero-sum thinking – the idea that one group benefits only at the expense of another. Fortunately, she also found many instances of people defying racism and uniting to build a better future.
About the Speaker
Economic and social policy expert Heather C. McGhee is a former president and senior fellow at Demos, a think tank. She wrote The Sum of Us.