The Reading Group will next read The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together (2021), by Heather McGhee. Each chapter sets up a social dilemma for all Americans — What happened to unions? Why are there so few public pools? Why are our social networks so segregated? — and unpacks the histories that produced it, the policy choices that enabled it, and the stark choices that proceeded from it. These stories of change and shared benefit capture McGhee’s central ideas. Society is a cooperative project, not a zero-sum game, she believes, and abandoning the zero-sum thinking at the heart of U.S. history could lead to a Solidarity Dividend: the benefits we gain when people come together across race to accomplish what we simply can’t do on our own.
The Reading Group invites new people to join them in reading and discussing this book over the course of 8 weeks. They meet on Zoom every other Thursday from 12 noon to 1:30 pm. The next meeting is April 8, with following meetings on April 22, May 6 & 20, with the final discussion of the book as a whole on June 3.