The article examines a dozen contemporary tax deductions that selectively favor wealthy households and thereby widen the nation’s wealth gap, itself a pervasive legacy of a racialized past.
The article places these current tax deductions in historical context as it links them to past wealth-building policies including enslavement, land theft, homestead acts, and the G.I. Bill that benefited Whites at the expense of Black, Latinx, Asian, and Native Americans.
Bob is currently working on a project to expand this topic into a book on stratification economics.
Generous funding by the Faculty Development Committee and the Kenan Faculty Development Funds provided crucial support for this paper.