New Book: Daniel L. Hatcher, The Poverty Industry: The Exploitation of America’s Most Vulnerable Citizens (forthcoming 2016).
[Editor’s Note: I recently saw Prof. Hatcher present just a small part of the work related to this book at the poverty law conference and I think it is safe to say that this is a very promising book, to be published soon, covering matters that are not yet part of the standard refrains about poverty programs.]
New Book: Ferguson’s Fault Lines: The Race Quake That Rocked a Nation (Kimberly Norwood ed., ABA forthcoming 2016). The book is not yet available but the above link includes pre-order information.
Book Recommendation: Jeff Hobbs, The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League (2014).
[This recommendation is a bit dated, but in light of Scalia’s comments in Fischer, I thought it worth recommending this book. The book does a good job showing the difficult circumstances of Robert Peace’s childhood, his brilliance in high school and at Yale, as well as the choices that led to his early and violent death. It is also well written and engaging throughout.]
New Article: Stephen Wizner, Book Review, Poverty Law, Policy, and Practice, 22 Georgetown J. Poverty L. & Pol’y 441 (2015).
I have been unable to find a copy of the review except through paid services, but I am happy to email a copy to anyone who requests one. It is of course a huge honor for all of us–Juliet Brodie, Clare Pastore, Ezra Rosser, and Jeffrey Selbin–that both Peter Edelman and Stephen Wizner both took the time to review the book. It is also of course a relief that the reviews were favorable! =)
New Article: Richard R.W. Brooks, The Banality of Racial Inequality, 124 Yale L.J. 2202 (2015). [Reviewing Daria Roithmayr, Reproducing Racism: How Everyday Choices Lock in White Advantage (2014).]
New Article: Lisa R. Pruitt, Acting White? Or Acting Affluent? A Book Review of Carbado & Gulati’s Acting White? Rethinking Race in ‘Post-Racial’ America, 18 Journal of Gender, Race and Justice 159 (2015). Abstract below:
Acting White? Rethinking Race in “Post-Racial” America (2013) is the latest installment in Devon Carbado and Mitu Gulati’s decade-plus collaboration regarding issues of race and employment. This review lauds the book’s comprehensive treatment of the double bind that racial minorities — especially blacks — experience within principally white institutions. In this volume, the authors expand on their prior employment-centered work to consider, for example, Barack and Michelle Obama’s presence on the national political stage, racial identity and performance in the context of higher education admissions, and racial profiling by law enforcement. With a focus on intra-racial diversity, Carbado and Gulati begin to gesture to the intersection of class (more precisely, the struggle for upward class migration) with blackness in the high-brow settings that are the employment staple for Acting White?‘s analysis.
What Carbado and Gulati overlook, however, is intra-racial diversity among whites. While the authors give a nod to aspects of identity such as gender and sexuality, acknowledging that, like race, these may render individuals “Outsiders,” they otherwise treat whiteness as monolithic, as simply the foil for black identity work. In so doing, Carbado and Gulati overlook the struggle for assimilation that poor and working class whites — aspiring, striving class migrants — experience when they seek to integrate these same “white institutions.” The point is that all employees are expected to assimilate to institutional norms that, in elite professional settings, are as much about class (affluence) as about race (whiteness). I thus suggest that the book might have been titled, Acting Affluent?, although that alternative would have been misleading, too, because the identity work expected in these upscale milieu implicates both race and class. Ultimately, neither the title Carbado and Gulati chose nor the one I suggest is very precise because affluent black identity and affluent white identity are unlikely to be identical. While Acting White? grapples with some very complex and potent intersections of race and class, it looks right past many other such intersections, including that of white skin privilege with class disadvantage.