Rethinking affirmative action in university admissions

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'Place Not Race' by Sheryll Cashin
'Place Not Race' by Sheryll Cashin
Book cover courtesy of publisher

Last month, the US Supreme Court affirmed a Michigan ban on public colleges considering race in their admissions. The decision came just ahead of the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. the Board of Education ruling.

Georgetown School of Law Professor Sheryll Cashin would say it's high time, but not for the reasons you might think.

In her new book, Cashin argues that admission policies should be reformed, but race-based affirmative action is too polarizing and not effective enough in resolving inequities in higher education.

"Race still matters in American society, particularly in the criminal justice system," she writes. "But race is under-inclusive."

Cashin joins The Daily Circuit to discuss her book "Place Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America."

EXCERPT: "Place Not Race"

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