The Whiteness of Wealth

The Whiteness of Wealth

How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans--and How We Can Fix It

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"An exposé of racism in the American taxation system from a law professor and expert on tax policy. Dorothy A. Brown became a tax lawyer to get away from race. As a young black girl growing up in the South Bronx, she'd seen how racism limited the lives of her family and neighbors. Her law school classes offered a refreshing contrast: tax law was about numbers, and the only color that mattered was green. But when Brown sat down to prepare tax returns for her parents, she found something strange: James and Dottie Brown, a plumber and a nurse, seemed to be paying an unusually high percentage of their income in taxes. When Brown became a law professor, she set out to understand why. In The Whiteness of Wealth, Brown draws on decades of cross-disciplinary research to show that tax law isn't as color-blind as she'd once believed. She takes us into her adopted city of Atlanta, introducing us to families across the economic spectrum whose stories demonstrate how American tax law rewards the preferences and practices of white people while pushing black people further behind. From attending college to getting married to buying a home, black Americans find themselves at a financial disadvantage compared to their white peers. The results are an ever-increasing wealth gap and more black families shut out of the American dream. Solving the problem will require a wholesale rethinking of America's tax code. But it will also require both black and white Americans to make different choices. This actionable book points the way forward"--
Publisher: New York :, Crown,, [2021]
Edition: First edition
Description: 279 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9780525577324
Branch Call Number: 343.7304 Bro


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Jun 11, 2021

Brown's recommendation for changing the taxation system makes much sense as a method to reduce the wealth gap between African Americans descended from slaves and white Americans. Her recommendations will have the added effect of reducing the concentration of wealth that is destructive to our democracy, which will coincidentally benefit all ethnic groups whose wealth is far below the top 10% of the wealthiest who are getting wealthier as beneficiaries of the current taxation system.

May 27, 2021

Very racist book.

💰Look, the tax system rewards you for going to college, getting married and buying a home because Congress wanted to encourage people to do those things. Whether that was a bad, racist idea, I don't know. Of course, with what one has to borrow to go to college now, it's hard to find a financial advantage in it.

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