The White Bonus: Five Families and the Cash Value of Racism in America

Written by:
Tracie Mcmillan
Narrated by:
Tavia Gilbert

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2024
11 hours 50 minutes
This unflinching book from award-winning investigative reporter Tracie McMillan examines what white privilege delivers-in dollars and cents-not only to white people of wealth but also to white people from the poor to the middle class.

McMillan begins with her own downwardly mobile middle-class family and takes us through a personal history marked with abuse, illness, and poverty, while training her journalistic eye on the benefits she saw from being white. McMillan then alternates her story with profiles of four other white subjects, millennials to baby boomers, from across the United States.

For readers of Stephanie Land's Maid, Heather McGhee's The Sum of Us, and Clint Smith's How the Word Is Passed, McMillan brings groundbreaking insight into how, and to what degree, white racial privilege builds material advantage across class, time, and place. Rather than analyzing racism as a thing that gives less to people of color, McMillan studies how it gives more to people who are white-including, with uncommon honesty, herself-and how it takes so much from so many. The unforgettable follow-up question thrums steadily through this book: Do white Americans believe that racism is worth what it costs all of us?
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