Discuss the ways in which racial residential segregation, wealth, and educational opportunities are interrelated. In what ways have these interrelated social forces acted to perpetuate racial inequality? What role has public policy played in this process? How does this challenge the dominant ideology that achievement in individualized and our society is meritocratic? How does your family history relate to these processes? In what ways has your education and life chances been either advantaged or disadvantaged as a result of racialized wealth inequalities and housing segregation?
1500 word minimum
The readings (and related presentations) that are particularly relevant to this topic are:Oliver, Melvin L. and Thomas M. Shapiro. “Black Wealth/White Wealth: A New Perspective onRacial Inequality”
Johnson, Heather Beth (2014) The American Dream and the Power of Wealth: Choosing Schools andInheriting Inequality in the Land of Opportunity. Second Edition. Routledge Press.
Video: Race: The Power of an Illusion. The House We Live In.
Rothstein, Richard (2017) The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government SegregatedAmerica. Liveright Publishing