Join us for “Dorothy Brown’s “The Whiteness of Wealth “ and How Washington’s Tax System Impoverishes Communities of Color,” a candid conversation between Dr. Carmen Rojas, President and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation, and author Dorothy Brown, about how tax policy in Washington state systematically leaves Black Americans with less after-tax income, causing the ever-increasing racial wealth gap.
This event is part of our MCF Book Club: Reading for a Liberated Future series. The MCF Book Club sharesthe ideas of leaders who encourage us to imagine how we can radically transform our democracy,economy, and society.
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 urgent, actionable book points the way forward.
Dorothy A. Brown is an Asa Griggs Candler Professor at Emory University School of Law. A graduate of Fordham University and Georgetown Law, she received her LLM in Taxation from New York University. A nationally recognized scholar in the areas of race, class, and tax policy, she has published dozens of articles, essays, and book chapters on the topic. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and NPR, and her opinion pieces have been published in CNN Opinion, Forbes, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Born and raised in the South Bronx in New York City, Dorothy Brown currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.