Tragic Investment

How Race Sabotages Communities and Jeopardizes America’s Future—and What We Can Do about It
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America’s investment in race and racial oppression was central to its early years as a nation—a theme that dates back to Europe’s earliest colonial efforts in the Western Hemisphere. Some of the contemporary consequences for communities of color are clear: Numerous studies routinely quantify racial disparities in virtually every social arena. But are there negative consequences of this historical investment for white people? R. James Addington explores that weighty topic while seeking to answer questions such as: • How do we repair the damage done to communities as a result of our racial history? • Is racial oppression related to our ability to respond to ecological challenges? • Does our investment in racial oppression jeopardize our nation’s future? Addington suggests that racism harms us all, and he pays particular attention to the subtle ways white people are damaged. He also suggests that race sabotages the nation’s capacity to negotiate the challenges the future poses. Explore how overcoming racism and shaping a sustainable, resilient society are bound together in Tragic Investment.

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