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"Georgetown University law professor and civil rights activist Cashin (The Agitator's Daughter) makes the case for supplanting race-based affirmative action with 'disadvantaged-based affirmative action.' The former, banned in eight states, is 'increasingly untenable,' and has led to 'optical blackness but little socioeconomic diversity.' 'Place, although highly racialized,' Cashin posits, 'now better captures who is disadvantaged than skin color.' Cashin sketches the legal and political history of affirmative action, and attends to both resentful whites (Obama's 'election seems to have exacerbated the perception gap about racial inequality') and advantaged blacks ('Economic elites of all colors enjoy built-in advantages in the withering competition for spaces at choice schools).' Two alternatives receive extended attention: Amherst College, whose Dean of Admissions says 'a poor white or poor Asian is every bit as attractive as a poor black or Latino kid,' and the University of Texas, which guarantees admission 'to graduating seniors in the top 10 percent of every high school in the state.' Dense with statistics and peppered with autobiographical details, this long-winded, though slim volume makes a strong argument for 'jettisoning race-based affirmative action' and an arguable case for attending instead to 'those of any color relegated to low-opportunity environs geography is destiny.'" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Sheryll Cashin, professor of law at Georgetown University, is the author of The Agitator’s Daughter and The Failures of Integration. Cashin has published widely in academic journals and print media and is a frequent commentator on law and race relations, having appeared on NPR, CNN, ABC News, and numerous other outlets. Born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, where her parents were political activists, Cashin was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and served in the Clinton White House as an advisor on urban and economic policy. She lives with her husband and two sons in Washington, DC.

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ISBN:
9780807086148
Author:
Cashin, Sheryll
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9.3 x 6.29 x 0.71 in 0.88 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Georgetown University law professor and civil rights activist Cashin (The Agitator's Daughter) makes the case for supplanting race-based affirmative action with 'disadvantaged-based affirmative action.' The former, banned in eight states, is 'increasingly untenable,' and has led to 'optical blackness but little socioeconomic diversity.' 'Place, although highly racialized,' Cashin posits, 'now better captures who is disadvantaged than skin color.' Cashin sketches the legal and political history of affirmative action, and attends to both resentful whites (Obama's 'election seems to have exacerbated the perception gap about racial inequality') and advantaged blacks ('Economic elites of all colors enjoy built-in advantages in the withering competition for spaces at choice schools).' Two alternatives receive extended attention: Amherst College, whose Dean of Admissions says 'a poor white or poor Asian is every bit as attractive as a poor black or Latino kid,' and the University of Texas, which guarantees admission 'to graduating seniors in the top 10 percent of every high school in the state.' Dense with statistics and peppered with autobiographical details, this long-winded, though slim volume makes a strong argument for 'jettisoning race-based affirmative action' and an arguable case for attending instead to 'those of any color relegated to low-opportunity environs geography is destiny.'" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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