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How to Kill a Neighborhood and Make a Profit
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Teaching Race and Racism
African Americans, Native Americans, and Latinxs have less than 10 percent of the wealth that whites have. In 2016, the average White family had over $170,000 in net worth whereas the average Black family had about $17,000 in net worth. This video explains these racial disparities in wealth.
The Prison Fix
Why Does California Have So Many Prisons? California is a world leader in incarceration. The Golden State built twenty-three major new prisons between 1984 and 2004. The California state prison population increased five-fold during this time even though the crime rate peaked in 1980 and declined thereafter. What happened? Why did California engage in this massive prison-building project? Why did California start building prisons after the crime rate had begun to decline?
Racial Segregation and Health Disparities
Segregation has adverse health outcomes for Black people because it creates unhealthy residential conditions—unsafe streets where people are scared to exercise, have few opportunities to buy fresh produce, see more advertisements for alcohol and tobacco, and live with higher rates of violent crime.
If you’re white, you probably don’t notice that you are not being followed around a store or asked for identification when paying with a credit card; that people are smiling at you on the street instead of looking at you suspiciously; or that no one asks if you speak English. This is white privilege.