It's Not About Whiteness, It's About Wealth by Remi Adekoya It's Not About Whiteness, It's About Wealth by Remi Adekoya

The Economics of Race: Is it About Whiteness or Wealth?

We welcome author and University of York lecturer Remi Adekoya to discuss his recent book It’s Not About Whiteness, It’s About Wealth: How the Economics of Race Really Work

What really matters when it comes to race? Western conversations on race and racism revolve around familiar themes; colonialism, the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and the ideology of white supremacism form the holy trinity of the race debate. But what if we are neglecting a key piece of the puzzle? Something that explains why a racial order persists today despite a moral consensus it should not.

In It’s Not About Whiteness, It’s About Wealth, Remi Adekoya argues that – in our capitalist world – it is socioeconomic realities which play the leading role in sustaining racial hierarchies in everyday life and in the global big picture, something regularly overlooked in the current debate.

Exploring immigration, technology, media, group stereotypes, status perceptions and more, Adekoya shows how wealth and financial power determines what’s what in key domains of modern life, and how this affects racial dynamics across the globe, and it is money more than anything else that maintains the racial pecking order.

In his open investigation into the links between financial power and racial hierarchies, Adekoya sheds much needed light on the status and power imbalances shaping our world and reveals what needs to be done to combat them going forward.


Wednesday 24 April 2024


Doors open 6:45pm (for 7pm start) to 8:30


£5 cash only on the door to Room 1, or in advance via the 'Donate or Pay' button on the home-page.


useful reading:

The Economics of Black and White, Helen Dale, Liberty & Law Book Review, 23 August 2023.

Asking the right questions about race, Inaya Folarin Iman, The Critic, July 2023

Why Wealth Trumps Whiteness, Remi Adekoya, New Statesman, 17 April 2023