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, DC, with her husband and twin sons. Follow her at sheryllcashin.com
White Space, Black Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality exposes the ways in which American policy decisions have constructed a "residential caste system" resulting in the entrapment of poor Black people in high-poverty neighborhoods while excessive resources are funneled to affluent environs in the same cities. Cashin contends that geography is now central to American caste, and details how policy decisions made in the early twentieth century to intentionally construct "ghettos" manifest in inequality and opportunity hoarding today. Connecting history with the present Cashin underscores the urgency of reimaging new humane systems that stop investing in segregation and promote repair and equity in historically defunded neighborhoods.