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How We Can Win: Race, History and Changing the Money Game That's Rigged


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“So if I played four hundred rounds of Monopoly with you and I had to play and give you every dime that I made, and then for fifty years, every time that I played, if you didn't like what I did, you got to burn it like they did in Tulsa and like they did in Rosewood, how can you win? How can you win?”


Bestselling author and political activist Kimberly Jones declared these words amid the protests spurred by the murder of George Floyd in the Summer of 2020. She gave a history lesson that in just over six minutes captured the economic struggles of Black people in America and within days, the video had been viewed by millions. In How We Can Win, Jones delves into the impacts of systemic racism and reveals how her formative years in Chicago gave birth to a lifelong devotion to justice. She calls for Reconstruction 2.0, a multilayered plan to reclaim economic and social restitutions—those restitutions promised with emancipation but blocked, again and again, for more than 150 years. How We Can Win delivers strategies for how we can effect change as citizens and allies while nurturing ourselves—the most valuable asset we have—in the fight against a system that is still rigged.

Praise for How We Can Win:


★ “No punches pulled, no opportunities for change missed and no lies told. I am so grateful this generation has a voice like hers to guide us.” —Jameela Jamil, actor, advocate and writer

★ “Clear, unflinching and hopeful…A must-read for everyone ready to fight for true equity.” —Layla F. Saad, bestselling author of Me and White Supremacy

★ “There is a way forward in this rigged system, but it will take us knowing how we got here and working as a community to get out…This book is a liberatory map I desperately pray we all follow.”—Sonya Renee Taylor, bestselling author of The Body is Not An Apology

★ “Brilliant, authentic and just what I needed. It made me feel seen… We need this book in every school, prison and church.” —Leslie E. Redmond, Esq., founder of Don’t Complain, Activate and former president of the Minneapolis NAACP

★ “An impassioned and actionable call for leveling the playing field in America.” —Publisher's Weekly

★ “[Jones] made what I think is the most coherent, clear, current case for younger people to understand reparations.” —Joy Reid on MSNBC




Kimberly Jones is an activist, former bookseller and current host of the Well-Read Black Girl book club’s Atlanta chapter. She has directed feature films and cutting-edge diverse web series and has an overall deal with Warner Bros. Pictures. Jones is also co-author of the bestselling YA novels I’m Not Dying with You Tonight and Why We Fly.

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