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The whiteness of wealth : how the tax system impoverishes black Americans--and how we can fix it / Dorothy A. Brown.

Brown, Dorothy A., (author.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Hood River County Library District.

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Summary:

"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."
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Hood River County Library 343.7304 BRO 2021 (Text) 33892100734285 Adult New Books Book None 04/21/2021 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780525577324
  • ISBN: 0525577327
  • Physical Description: 279 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Crown, [2021]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-265) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Married while black -- Black house, white market -- The great un-equalizer -- The best jobs -- Legacy -- What's next.
Summary, etc.:
"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." -- Provided by the publisher
Subject: Taxation > Law and legislation > United States.
Taxation > Moral and ethical aspects > United States.
African Americans > Taxation.
African Americans > Economic conditions.
Racism > Economic aspects > United States.
Tax incidence > United States.
Fiscal policy > United States.

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