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The Book

Tragic Investment

How Race Sabotages Communities and Jeopardizes America’s Future—and What We Can Do about It

R. James Addington explores that weighty topic while seeking to answer questions such as:

    • How do we repair the damage done to communities as a result of our racial history?
    • Is racial oppression related to our ability to respond to ecological challenges?
    • Does our investment in racial oppression jeopardize our nation’s future?

Addington suggests that racism harms us all, and he pays particular attention to the subtle ways white people are damaged. He also suggests that race sabotages the nation’s capacity to negotiate the challenges the future poses.



Dedicated to four colleagues whose completed lives continue to call me to this work:

Imani-Nadine Hairston Addington

Pat Simpson Turner

Art Hoekstra

Charles Ruehle

Tragic Investment

Tragic Investment