The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together (A FAN program with Heather McGhee and Senator Elizabeth Warren)

We are so happy to support Family Action Network as they welcome Heather McGhee, author of the new book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. Ms. McGhee will be interviewed by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

500 FREE BOOKS! FAN is giving away 500 copies of The Sum of Us to ATTENDEES. To enter the random drawing, your address and phone number are REQUIRED. Personal info will NOT be shared. Indicate if you will pick up your book at The Book Stall; pick-up deadline is March 5. Winners will be notified via email on Feb. 17.

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

About the Book:  “Why can’t we have nice things?” This is the question that Heather McGhee asks at the outset of her groundbreaking book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. A majority of Americans agree on some of the most important issues facing the country today. According to a Harvard survey, at least 85% of Americans believe that affordable healthcare, quality education, a job, and a healthy environment are essential rights. Then why, with so much in common, do Americans fail to band together in pursuit of their shared goals?

McGhee argues that it is the self-destructive bargain of white supremacy. She posits that White America has come to believe in a zero-sum paradigm —the idea that progress for some of us must come at the expense of others. This dynamic is at the core of the polarization, dysfunction, and moral crisis gripping our country.

In The Sum of Us, McGhee embarks on a journey across the country, tallying up what we lose when we buy into the zero-sum paradigm. Along the way, she collects the stories of white people who confide in her about losing their homes, their dreams, and their shot at a better job due to the toxic mix of American racism and greed. The Sum of Us is an examination of how racism has weakened the institutions that should improve the quality of life for all Americans, and it provides a hopeful path forward by showing that we can indeed have nice things when we work together.

"If everyone in America read this book, we'd be not only a more just country, but a more powerful, successful, and loving one. . . . A vital, urgent, stirring, beautifully written book that offers a compassionate road map out of our present troubled moment." --George Saunders, #1 New York Times bestselling and Booker Prize-winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo

"Heather McGhee does not shy away from telling hard truths. Racism sits at the heart of America, and McGhee shows its effects on the very people who cleave to it . The Sum of Us removes the cloak from this land of so-called innocents and brilliantly offers a path forward for the nation. This book is for all of us standing in the breach, working toward social change. With care and unflinching honesty, McGhee has written an extraordinary book for these difficult days." --Eddie S. Glaude Jr., New York Times bestselling author of Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own

About the Author:  Heather McGhee designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America. The former president of the inequality-focused think tank Demos, she has drafted legislation and testified before Congress. She currently chairs the board of Color of Change, the nation's largest online racial justice organization. Her 2020 TED talk, “Racism Has a Cost for Everyone,” reached 1 million views in just two months. An influential voice in the media, McGhee regularly appears on NBC’s "Meet the Press" and MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," "Deadline White House" and "All In." Her conversation on a C-SPAN program in 2016 with a white man who asked for her help to overcome his racial prejudice went viral, receiving more than 10 million views and sparking wide media coverage that included a New York Times op-ed, a New Yorker piece and a CNN town hall. McGhee holds a BA in American Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.

About the Interviewer:  Sen. Elizabeth Warren grew up on the ragged edge of the middle class in Oklahoma and became a teacher, and a law professor. In 2012, she became the first woman from Massachusetts elected to the United States Senate, because America invested in kids like her. As Senator, she led the establishment of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, building the structure and organization to protect families from financial tricks and traps hidden in mortgages, credit cards, and other financial products. In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Sen. Warren served as Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for TARP. Her efforts to protect taxpayers and hold Wall Street accountable won praise from both sides of the aisle. She has fought to hold the wealthy and well-connected accountable and ensure our government works for everyone.



Event date: 

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom webinar!
The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525509561
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: One World - February 16th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • One of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.