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Historical housing discrimination has created a modern-day caste system where neighborhood often determines opportunity. The mechanics of anti-Black housing segregation has evolved from the blatant redlining of the 1900s to affordable housing resistance, public transportation underinvestment, and the over-policing of Black communities.

Together, these discriminatory policies trap Black people in high-poverty neighborhoods and divert funding towards affluent, predominantly white areas. Does this mean social mobility is now only a myth?

Join the Brennan Center’s Theodore R. Johnson for a conversation with Sheryll Cashin, author of White Space, Black Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality, on how we got here and what it will take to end this residential caste system.

Produced in partnership with New York University's John Brademas Center. Registration is required in order to receive the log-in details for the webinar. Please note this session may be recorded. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

6:00 PM ET Start
7:00 PM ET End

NYU Brademas Center
Virtual Webinar (Zoom)

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Sheryll Cashin

Sheryll Cashin

Sheryll Cashin, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Civil Rights and Social Justice, Georgetown Law; Former Adviser, Urban and Economic Policy, President Bill Clinton; Author, White Space, Black Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality. She writes about race relations and inequality in America. Her new book, White Space, Black Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality (September 2021) shows how government created “ghettos” and affluent white space and entrenched a system of American residential caste that is the linchpin of US inequality—and issues a call for abolition. 

Theodore R. Johnson

Theodore R. Johnson

Theodore (Ted) R. Johnson is the Director of the Fellows Program at the Brennan Center for Justice. His work explores the role that race plays in electoral politics, issue framing, and disparities in policy outcomes. Previously, he was a national fellow at New America and a research manager at Deloitte. He is also a retired commander in the U.S. Navy following a two-decade career that included service as a White House fellow, military professor at the U.S. Naval War College, and speechwriter to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.