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.
In White Space, Black Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality, Sheryll Cashin demonstrates how durable and pervasive anti-Black rhetoric has been in American thought from the days of Thomas Jefferson to the era of Donald Trump ... Cashin believes that the solution lies in “abolition and repair,” to rid America of its caste system .... The argument for redress, for replacing contempt with compassion, brutality with kindness, is a common one, and Cashin makes it well.
A new urban studies text offers a thorough, well-researched history of inner-city blight as the inevitable legacy of segregation and racism ... While extensively documented and amply footnoted, Cashin's survey remains compelling and accessible to a general readership. She clearly presents the effects of concentrated poverty on a populace ... A resonant, important argument that White supremacy and racial division poison life in our cities.