Author: Mychal Denzel Smith
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Summary: Really thoughtful look at the American self-conception vs reality, but I had a hard time slowing down and engaging with it.
Stakes is High is one of the first books I’ve read on racism and other structural inequality in the US that post-dates Trump’s election. It sounds as though that election is part of what drove Smith to write this book. The election certainly fits into the compelling framework he’s developed here, contrasting the American dream with the historical reality of the US. He makes a strong argument that dreams are valuable as something to aspire to, but can prevent us from correcting our flaws when we act as though those dreams are already true. Read more »