The Failures of Integration: How Race and Class are Undermining the American Dream

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PublicAffairs, 2004 - Social Science - 391 pages
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Published for the fiftieth anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education: If separate, but equal has been illegal for fifty years, why is America more segregated than ever?. On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court unanimously declared that separate educational facilities for blacks and whites are inherently unequal and, as such, violate the 14th Amendment. The landmark decision, Brown v. Board of Education, sounded the death knell for legal segregation, but fifty years later, de facto segregation in America thrives. And Sheryll Cashin believes that it is getting worse. 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. costs. In a society that sets up winner and loser communities and schools defined by race and class, racial minorities in particular are locked out of the winner column. African-Americans bear the heaviest burden. 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. Our public policy choices must be premised on an integrationist vision if we are to achieve our highest aspiration and pursue the dream that America says it embraces: full and equal opportunity for all.
  

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Review: The Failures Of Integration: How Race and Class Are Undermining the American Dream

User Review  - Ayelet Waldman - Goodreads

After reading this book I felt like I had to sell my house and move to a more integrated neighborhood. Thank God my kids go to an integrated school. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Read full review

Review: The Failures Of Integration: How Race and Class Are Undermining the American Dream

User Review  - Diane - Goodreads

This book is interesting and raises important questions, but I frequently disagreed with the author. Read full review

Contents

Wont You Not Be My Neighbor? Race and Housing
3
Racially Integrated
39
Institutionalized Separatism
83
PART
90
The Dilemma of the Black Middle Class
127
The Costs and Benefits
167
Separate and Unequal
202
The Cost of the Ghetto
237
Loggerhead Politics
263
What to Do About It
289
Acknowledgments
333
Index
383
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Sheryll Cashin is Professor of Law at Georgetown University.

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