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Wednesday we learned about the racial wealth gap being tied to the history of housing and we looked at primary sources/historical documents from Seattle, such as covenants, letters, and housing community brochures.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.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Sarah Kay TED Talk
Homework due Wednesday, May 11
What did feminism look like in the 1970’s? Bring in an artifact that you believe represents feminism from the 1970’s. This could be an image, print advertisement, commercial, cookbook, TV show clip, or article.
Bring it in to share- Have it printed and ready to go at the beginning of class. Be ready to talk about why you find it interesting.
HW due Wednesday 2/24/16
Read the Seattle Times Editorial:
In your SJCU journal answer the following:
SJCU Journal Questions – Inequality of Wealth- Class 1
- Include a heading in your journal entry with name, date and assignment title: “SJCU Inequality of Wealth- Class 1”
- After reading the article, answer the following with complete sentences. Your completed journal entry should be a minimum of one page.
- What are the inequities that exist in King County?
- How are the disparities related to money?
- What systemic solutions are suggested in the article to improve the inequities?
- What systemic solutions would you propose to improve the inequities?