The Dark Side of Reform: Exploring the Impact of Public Policy on Racial Equity contains nine chapters on the development of social policies with the potential to advance racial equity. In addition to studying these policies and their implications, the chapters in this volume demonstrate how lessons from the past can be used to inform the direction of current discussions. At the heart of these conversations are concerns about whether Black people, in particular, will receive the full benefit of transformative laws that may emerge in the coming years. The volume also offers recommendations on implementing policies that address the unique concerns of structurally disadvantaged communities with particular emphasis on Black and Latinx people.
Tyrell Connor is associate professor of sociology at the State University of New York - New Paltz.
Daphne M. Penn is postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology and Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Advancing Racial Equity Through Public Policy
Daphne M. Penn and Tyrell Connor
Chapter 1 - The Gun Control Debate and Its Policy Implications for Reducing Firearm Violence in Communities of Color
Daniel Semenza and Brian Wade
Chapter 2 - Policing is Punishment: Defunding the Police as Sentencing Reform
Jalila Jefferson Bullock and Jelani Jefferson Exum
Chapter 3 - Four Racial Justice Principles for Policy Response to Carceral Technology
Chapter 4 - Marijuana Legalization
Angela S. Murolo
Chapter 5 - American Dream into Nightmare: Immigration, Systemic Structural Racism and Health Inequity in the United States
Chapter 6 - #StopAsianHate: Examining Rising Levels of Anti-Asian Hate Crimes in the United States
Janice A. Iwama
Chapter 7 - Complexity and Possibility: Black Public Opinion on Immigration
Niambi M. Carter
Chapter 8 - Legacy of Good Trouble: The Next Frontier for Voting Rights
Candice C. Robinson, LaTeri McFadden, and J Nicole Johnson
Chapter 9 - Searching for a Racial Justice Agenda in High Poverty Settings: How Title I Reform’s Data Blindness Limits its Educational Effectiveness for Black and Latinx Students
Charisse Southwell and Michael Hudson-Vassell
Tyrell Connor and Daphne M. Penn
In The Dark Side of Reform: Exploring the Impact of Public Policy on Racial Equity, Professors Connor and Penn make a critically important contribution.The pandemic and the growing awareness that the criminal legal system and policing need to be completely reimagined have caused the nation to ask critical questions about reform. Connor and Penn have responded, moving the conversations on race and equity from the margins to the center of the domestic policy debate. The data and varied analyses in this book provide timely information to anyone concerned about public policy in America.
Penn and Connor brilliantly curate a timely and comprehensive look at the ways public policies, while having the potential to produce equity, often reproduce inequality as result of a lack of intentionality in addressing the unique dynamics at the intersections of race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. This collection sheds light on the connections from the historical to the contemporary with policies ranging from gun control to education reform. And as whole, the collection serves as an essential guide to critically analyze and develop public policy.