Heather McGhee

Board Chair, Color of Change
Heather McGhee crosscut festival 2021

Session: What Racism Costs Us All

4 p.m. Friday, May 7

From repeated financial meltdowns to expanding income inequity, the American economy keeps failing the American public. Heather McGee, author of The Sum of Us, proposes a common root problem: racism. But it doesn’t just impact people of color. Racism costs for white people, too. It connects our most complex public problems. How did we get here? Can we find a way out? This conversation will be moderated by Michael Harriot.


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About Heather McGhee

Heather McGhee is an expert in economic and social policy. The former president of the inequality-focused think tank Demos, McGhee has drafted legislation, testified before Congress and contributed regularly to news shows including NBC's Meet the Press. She now chairs the board of Color of Change, the nation's largest online racial justice organization. McGhee holds a BA in American studies from Yale University and a JD from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.


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About Crosscut Festival 2021


Join journalists, politicians, authors, creators and newsmakers from our community and around the nation May 3-8, 2021 as we come together to take a hard look at the people, policy and events that shape our lives.


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Your submitted questions could help shape our conversations in May. We’ll accept questions until mid-April, then pass along popular and thought-provoking topics for moderators to potentially include in their scripts.