An illustration of author Heather McGhee and the cover of her book, The Sum Of Us.

Thursday on Political Rewind: a look at the tremendous toll of racism across society. Systemic racism targets people of color, but harms us all. As author Heather McGhee writes in her book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, racism is often the common denominator behind our most pressing public problems, and a gnarled root leading to the core dysfunctions of our democracy. So, what is the way forward?

McGhee, board chair of racial justice organization Color Of Change, challenges our shared assumptions of the history behind systemic racism and how it divides our world. The Sum Of Us is a New York Times bestseller and one of Oprah Magazine's “20 of the Best Books of February 2021 to Fall in Love With."


Heather McGhee — Author, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone And How We Can Prosper Together, Board Chair of Color Of Change

Dr. Andra Gillespie — Professor of Political Science and Director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University