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Sheryll Cashin — White Space, Black Hood – with Paul Butler

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The iconic Black hood, like slavery and Jim Crow, is a peculiar American institution animated by the ideology of white supremacy. Politicians and people of all colors propagated "ghetto" myths to justify racist policies that concentrated poverty in the hood and created high-opportunity white spaces. In White Space, Black Hood, Sheryll Cashin traces the history of anti-Black residential caste–boundary maintenance, opportunity hoarding, and stereotype-driven surveillance–and unpacks its current legacy so we can begin the work to dismantle the structures and policies that undermine Black lives.

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Sheryll Cashin is an acclaimed author who writes about the US struggle with racism and inequality. Her books have been nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Nonfiction, and an Editors’ Choice in the New York Times Book Review. Cashin is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Civil Rights and Social Justice at Georgetown University and an active member of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council. A law clerk to US Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall, Cashin also worked in the Clinton White House as an advisor on community development in inner-city neighborhoods. She is a contributing editor for Politico Magazine and currently resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband and twin sons.

Cashin is in conversation with Paul Butler, the Albert Brick Professor in Law at Georgetown University Law Center and a legal analyst on MSNBC. Professor Butler is one of the nation’s most frequently consulted scholars on issues of race and criminal justice. Professor Butler’s book, Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice, received the Harry Chapin Media award. His most recent book, Chokehold: Policing Black Men, was named one of the 50 best non-fiction books of 2017 by The Washington Post. The New York Times described Chokehold as the best book on criminal justice reform since The New Jim Crow; it was a finalist for the 2018 NAACP Image Award for best non-fiction.

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