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Heather McGhee on economic and social costs of racism

Heather McGhee joins Washington Post Live on Thursday, July 21. (Video: The Washington Post)
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Heather McGhee’s best-selling book, “The Sum of Us” argues that racism is at the core of society’s most vexing issues and hurts all communities. Join Washington Post associate editor Jonathan Capehart for a conversation with McGhee about her upcoming podcast series that continues her cross-country examination of the economic and social costs of racism.

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“The thesis that I emerged from this journey with was that racism in our politics and our policymaking was so widespread, was at the root of so much our country's dysfunction that it ultimately, has a cost for everyone."- Heather McGhee (Video: Washington Post Live)
“I've basically spent the last nine months going across the country again, collecting almost entirely new stories, nine of them, that really paint the picture of people coming together, unlikely allies, unlikely victories. I began this journey, I have to say, with a knot in my stomach, really kind of worried about this country...I'm ending it with a lot more hope."- Heather McGhee (Video: Washington Post Live)
“This past couple of years has really seen an amplification of the zero-sum politics--the idea that progress for people of color is threatening to White people…In some ways, the terrible events of the past two years almost, since the book came out, have really reinforced the critique of the zero-sum. But at the same time, we have got to tell stories that show people what we're supposed to be."- Heather McGhee (Video: Washington Post Live)

Heather McGhee

Author, “The Sum of Us”