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The Bookshelf: May 15, 2014

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Place, Not Race.

"Place, Not Race," A New Vision of Opportunity in America by Sheryll Cashin

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PLACE, NOT RACE: A New Vision of Opportunity in America

by Sheryll Cashin

To create real diversity and greater social cohesion, the author proposes that colleges give more weight to the structural disadvantages faced by applicants. By this, she means all forms of disadvantages but especially growing up in a neighborhood where poverty is prevalent, attending a poor school or living in a low-income household. Applicants would be invited to share the disadvantages they have had to overcome, and no special consideration would be given to race or ethnicity. … In subsequent chapters, Cashin presents two case histories demonstrating how racial coalitions that included Republicans brought about legislative changes that affected higher education in Texas and immigrant rights in Mississippi. Her point is that multiracial alliances that create new collective identities are effective ways to bring about social change.

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