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How the Tax Code Helps Preserve “The Whiteness of Wealth”

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Author and Emory University professor Dorothy Brown says she became a tax lawyer to avoid dealing with race. “I learned early on that people might look at me and see black, but as far as tax law was concerned, the only color that mattered was green,” she writes in her book “The Whiteness of Wealth”. But it soon became clear to her that America’s tax system was worsening the country’s racial wealth gap, which it also helped create. As we approach tax day, we’ll talk with Brown about her new book and how the tax code is stacked against Black Americans.


Dorothy A. Brown, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, Emory University; author, "The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans—and How We Can Fix It," now out in paperback.


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