Color of Wealth The Story Behind the U. S. Racial Wealth Divide

ISBN-10: 1595580042
ISBN-13: 9781595580047
Edition: 2006
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Description: An eye-opening field guide to the wealth gap. For every dollar owned by the average white family in the United States, the average family of color has less than a dime. Why do people of color have so little wealth? The Color of Wealth lays bare a  More...

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List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 6/5/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 326
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.716
Language: English

An eye-opening field guide to the wealth gap. For every dollar owned by the average white family in the United States, the average family of color has less than a dime. Why do people of color have so little wealth? The Color of Wealth lays bare a dirty secret: for centuries, people of color have been barred by laws and by discrimination from participating in government wealth-building programs that benefit white Americans. This accessible bookpublished in conjunction with one of the country's leading economics education organizationsmakes the case that until government policy tackles disparities in wealth, not just income, the United States will never have racial or economic justice. Written by five leading experts on the racial wealth divide who recount the asset-building histories of Native Americans, Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans, and European Americans, this book is a uniquely comprehensive multicultural history of American wealth. With its focus on public policieshow, for example, many post-World War II GI Bill programs helped whites onlyThe Color of Wealth is the first book to demonstrate the decisive influence of government on Americans' net worth.

Betsy Leondar-Wright is the Program Director of Class Action (www.classism.org). She is the author of Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists and coauthor of The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide.

Overview : the roots of the racial wealth divide
Land rich, dirt poor : challenges to asset building in Native America
Forged in blood : black wealth injustice in the United States
Neighbors and fences : Latinos in the United States
The perils of being yellow : Asian Americans as perpetual foreigners
Climbing the up escalator : white advantages in wealth accumulation
Rainbow economics : closing the racial wealth divide

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