The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion sponsored a panel discussion on the book "The Whiteness of Wealth – How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans, and How We Can Fix It," a groundbreaking exposé of racism in the American taxation system.
Author and tax law professor Dorothy A. Brown was joined by DWT partners LaVerne Woods, who spent seven years as a taxation professor at the University of Washington School of Law in the Graduate Program, and Chava Brandriss, from our Banking and Financial Services team. The panel discussed the disparate burdens the tax system places on Black Americans, from home buying to getting married, the impacts of the current systems and the eventual outcomes. Prof. Brown also discussed strategies to alleviate this problem and what we can do as individuals to contribute to change.
In advance of this event, attendees were invited to browse the following research articles by Prof. Brown and contribute to the discussion by submitting questions for her to address.
- Homeownership in Black and White: The role of Tax Policy in Increasing Housing Equity
- Shades of the American Dream
- The 535 Report: A Pathway to Fundamental Tax Reform
(On-demand versions are not eligible for CLE credit.)