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The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans – and How We can Fix It


As part of a new portfolio of work on the future of wealth and ownership in America, the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program invites you to join us for a special conversation with author and law professor Dorothy A. Brown to celebrate the launch of her new book. THE WHITENESS OF WEALTH: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans–and How We Can Fix It is available now.

As leaders across the public and private sectors make bold new commitments to addressing racial inequity, they must grapple in earnest with the issues that are at the heart of the racial wealth gap. The U.S. tax code is one of those issues, and in her new book Ms. Brown tells the story of how tax policy perpetuates disparities in access to every asset that makes up a household’s balance sheet – from education to homeownership to retirement savings and beyond. This need not be the case, and the discussion will tee up a range of ways that tax policy, which has historically been a driver of wealth inequality, can instead be a remedy.

On March 24, the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program hosted a conversation with Dorothy A. Brown. You can watch the full event above. 

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@DorothyABrown celebrates the launch of her new book “”The Whiteness of Wealth”” with @AspenFSP on 3/24. Register for an exclusive first look. #AspenFSPLive

The Aspen Institute Financial Security Program’s work on debt and wealth is supported by JPMorgan Chase and Prudential Financial. 

Featured Speakers:

Dorothy A. Brown, Author and Asa Griggs Candler Professor at Emory University School of Law. @DorothyABrown

A graduate of Fordham University and Georgetown Law, she received her LLM in Taxation from New York University. A nationally recognized scholar in the areas of race, class, and tax policy, she has published dozens of articles, essays, and book chapters on the topic. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and NPR, and her opinion pieces have been published in CNN Opinion, Forbes, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Born and raised in the South Bronx in New York City, Dorothy Brown currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ida Rademacher, Executive Director of the Financial Security Program at the Aspen Institute, @IdaRademacher

Ida is a vice president at the Aspen Institute, where she is executive director of the Financial Security Program and co-lead of the Aspen Partnership for an Inclusive Economy. In these roles, she contributes to efforts to bring to the forefront a solutions-focused discussion of how America can strengthen its economy by addressing growing wealth and income inequality. Previously, Rademacher was chief program officer at Prosperity Now and led research and evaluation projects at the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program and at the Academy for Educational Development’s Center for Behavioral and Evaluation Research. She has testified frequently before Congress and contributes on digital and financial inclusion issues in various media outlets.

Event information
Wed Mar 24, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT