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Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy

2017 Beacon Press 232 pages

How interracial love and marriage changed history, and may soon alter the landscape of American politics.


Place not RacebioPlace, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America

2014 Beacon Press 176 pages

In Place, Not Race, Cashin reimagines affirmative action and champions place-based policies, arguing that college applicants who have thrived despite exposure to neighborhood or school poverty are deserving of special consideration. Those blessed to have come of age in poverty-free havens are not. Sixty years since the historic decision, we’re undoubtedly far from meeting the promise of Brown v. Board of Education, but Cashin offers a new framework for true inclusion for the millions of children who live separate and unequal lives. Her proposals include making standardized tests optional, replacing merit-based financial aid with need-based financial aid, and recruiting high-achieving students from overlooked places, among other steps that encourage cross-racial alliances and social mobility.

A call for action toward the long overdue promise of equality, Place, Not Race persuasively shows how the social costs of racial preferences actually outweigh any of the marginal benefits when effective race-neutral alternatives are available.


Slider the agitator's daughterThe Agitator’s Daughter: A Memoir of Four Generations of One Extraordinary African-American Family

2008 Public Affairs 258 pages

A renowned law professor’s intimate chronicle of her family’s history as pioneers of social justice, and the ruinous price her father paid for their achievements. In following generations of Cashins through the eras of slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, civil rights, and post-civil rights political struggles, Sheryll Cashin conveys how she came to embrace being an agitator’s daughter with humor, honesty, and love.


The Failures of Integration: How Race and Class are UFailures of Integrationndermining the American Dream Paperback

2005 Public Affairs 391 pages

The Failures of Integration is a provocative look at how segregation by race and class is ruining American democracy. Only a small minority of the affluent are truly living the American Dream, complete with attractive, job-rich suburbs, reasonably low taxes, good public schools, and little violent crime. For the remaining majority of Americans, segregation comes with stratospheric costs. Cashin argues that we need a transformation-a jettisoning of the now ingrained assumption that separation is acceptable-in order to solve the riddle of inequality in America.