SJCU – Inequality of Wealth Unit

This week in SJCU we took a look at this Inequality of Wealth video and discussed how wealth should be divided in the United States and explored why the wealth disparity is increasing.

Our class goals for this unit are to learn how wealth is distributed in the United States and to explore how race, gender and education impact access to money or socioeconomic status. Some of our guiding questions were: What is Poverty? What is Intersectionality? What’s the difference between wealth and income? Does learning how money is distributed in the US matter? What are the factors that create an imbalance of wealth?

Wednesday we learned about the racial wealth gap being tied to the history of housing and we looked at primary sources/historical documents from Seattle, such as covenants, letters, and housing community brochures. Here are a few of those documents:

Link to maps, letters, and other documents through the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project

Restrictive Covenant From Windermere Neighborhood, Seattle 1963

Students are wrestling with some of these ideas, particularly as we navigate the balance of talking about these institutional practices with the personal stories and experiences.

 

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