Scholarship Profile: Irving Cypen Professor Sharon Rush

Published: May 22nd, 2000

Category: News

Professor Sharon Rush’s new book, Loving Across the Color Line, is described by its publishers, Rowman & Littlefield, as the “moving, heartfelt memoir of a mother and daughter’s loving relationship that opened the author’s eyes to the harsh realities of the American racial divide…Readers who journey across the color line with the author and her daughter will witness a real-life encounter with racism and come away with a deeper understanding of its persistence.”
In the book, due to go on sale nationally in June, Rush – a single white mother – writes about raising her adopted black daughter:

“The time (in writing this book) has allowed me to process my new awareness of the depth of racism…What I’ve learned through my daughter, and in raising her, has taught me more than  what I’ve learned and imparted in teaching law and racism in a college classroom for more than 13 years….All the time I have spent laboring over trying to find legal ways to achieve racial equality, my daughter has known all along that ‘It’s a spiritual journey, Mom.’”

William Julius Wilson of Harvard University noted that, “This book is important for any serious discussion of the problems of race in America. None provides a more moving and penetrating portrayal of the racial divide and its adverse effects on interpersonal relations and human empathy…” Rush joined the UF law faculty in 1985, and is a co-founder of the UF Center for Race and Race Relations. Her areas of expertise include Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, Fourteenth Amendment and Race Relations. She is a
member of various sections of the Association of American Law Schools, including those on minorities and constitutional law. She also recently co-authored “Reducing
Inequalities, Doing Anti-Racism: Toward an Egalitarian American Society,” published in Contemporary Sociology, January 2000.
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