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The white bonus : five families and the cash value of racism in America / Tracie McMillan.

McMillan, Tracie, (author.).

"In The White Bonus, Tracie McMillan asks a provocative question about racism in America: When people of color are denied so much, what are white people given? And how much is it worth--not in amorphous privilege, but in dollars and cents? McMillan begins with three generations of her family, tracking their modest wealth to its roots: American policy that helped whites first. Simultaneously, she details the complexities of their advantage, exploring her mother's death in a nursing home, at 44, on Medicaid; her family's implosion; and a small inheritance from a banker grandfather. In the process, McMillan puts a cash value to whiteness in her life and assesses its worth. McMillan then expands her investigation to four other white subjects of different generations across the U.S. Alternating between these subjects and her family, McMillan shows how, and to what degree, racial privilege begets material advantage across class, time, and place"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781250619426
  • ISBN: 1250619424
  • Physical Description: xiv, 444 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2024.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
My grandparents -- Katrina Rectenwald : work -- My parents' childhoods -- Lindsey and Maryann Becker : school -- My parents as parents -- Jared Bunde : crime -- My childhood -- Barbara Nathan Katz : poverty -- My young adulthood -- My adulthood.
Subject: White privilege (Social structure) > United States.
Racism > United States.
Race discrimination > United States.
McMillan, Tracie > Family.
United States > Race relations.

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