“White Space, Black Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality,” a virtual book tour featuring Sheryll Cashin of Georgetown University, was held on October 13, 2021. Deeply researched and sharply written, White Space, Black Hood is a call to action. Drawing on two decades of research in cities including Baltimore, St. Louis, Chicago, New York, and Cleveland, Cashin traces the processes of residential caste as it relates to housing, policing, schools, and transportation. She contends that geography is now central to American caste, and that poverty-free havens and poverty-dense hoods would not exist if the state had not designed, constructed, and maintained this physical racial order. Cashin calls for abolition of these state-sanctioned processes. The ultimate goal is to change the lens through which society sees residents of poor Black neighborhoods from presumed thug to presumed citizen, and to transform the relationship of the state with these neighborhoods from punitive to caring.
Cashin is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Civil Rights, and Social Justice at Georgetown University. She has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction and selected as an Editors’ Choice in the New York Times Book Review. Cashin is also a three-time nominee for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for non-fiction. In 2017, the Fair Housing Justice Center honored her with the Acting for Justice Award for Outstanding Contributions to Civil Rights.