Eduardo Porter's New Book Explains How Racism Poisons America's Economy For Everyone

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Eduardo Porter (Photo Credit: Michael Lionstar)

As the United States grapples with civil unrest, many people are questioning how we arrived in this situation and how the nation can change for the better. In his new book, “American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise,” New York times economics reporter Eduardo Porter presents a comprehensive examination of how discrimination based on race has hurt not just members of marginalized groups, but the nation as a whole. While the U.S. has gutted education systems, healthcare programs, and assistance for the poor, he writes, the nation instead diverted resources to incarcerating people. Porter, who has previously served as economics columnist and editorial writer for the New York Times, joins us to discuss his new book and how it relates to current debate over dismantling systemic racism.


Eduardo Porter, New York Times economics reporter and author of “American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise”