Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Brown: The Whiteness of Wealth — How The Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans

Dorothy A. Brown (Emory), The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans — And How We Can Fix It (2021):

The Whiteness of Wealth 2A groundbreaking exposé of racism in the American taxation system from a law professor and expert on tax policy
Dorothy 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 colorblind 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 result is 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.

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Gerald: "This is one more proof of America's systemic racism."

So Asians and Jews are the primary beneficiaries of a racist system? Good grief, just listen to yourself...

Posted by: MM | Jul 28, 2020 7:41:53 PM

Left unsaid: Asians and Jews have too much money. They're lumped in with "white" Americans.

Posted by: MM | Jul 22, 2020 7:52:08 PM

This is one more proof of America's systemic racism. There will never be enough for our systemic racists: those who will deny it no matter how many proofs are advanced.

Posted by: Gerald Scorse | Jul 22, 2020 8:59:59 AM

This is hilarious.

I thought liberals were all for letting the tax code nudge or flat-out dictate people's life choices. But now if a group refuses to pay ball for whatever reason, or to a lesser extent, it's racism?

This is clearly masturbatory "academic" "research."

When you're politically mentally ill, I suppose it's not hard to find racism everywhere you look. What a pathetic, sad existence.

Posted by: Anon | Jul 22, 2020 6:48:29 AM