“Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America”
The program aired Saturday, May 31st at 7pm (ET)
Nearly 60 years have passed since the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in the Brown v. Board of Educationcase, ruling that segregated public schools were inherently unequal and that minority children deserved equitable education opportunities in desegregated school environments. While the nation has made uneven progress toward school desegregation, deep disparities persist in educational attainment for many minority and low-income children, and a growing body of research suggests that segregated schools reinforce these inequities.
To commemorate the Brown decision, as well are re-examine the relationship between race, place, and opportunity, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies hosted a discussion of a new, groundbreaking book by Georgetown University Law Professor Sheryll Cashin, Place Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America.
Sheryll Cashin argues that affirmative action policies in education do little to help the truly disadvantaged. She says that these policies should be replaced with affirmative action admission policies based on where a child grows up instead of the color of his or her skin. Prof. Cashin spoke at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, DC.
Sheryll Cashin is a professor of law at Georgetown University. She previously served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and as an urban and economic policy advisor to President Clinton. Prof. Cashin is the author of “The Agitator’s Daughter” and “The Failures of Integration.” For more, visit: sheryllcashin.com.
Ashley Brown is the Health Policy Institute’s Program Coordinator at the Joint Center