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Africam Week 3

by: Brianna Alleyne

Africam Week 3 Africam 139

Brianna Alleyne
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This discusses The House We Live In movie
Selected Topics of African American Social Organization and Institutions
Nikki Jones
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Brianna Alleyne on Friday September 9, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Africam 139 at University of California Berkeley taught by Nikki Jones in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 4 views. For similar materials see Selected Topics of African American Social Organization and Institutions in African American Studies at University of California Berkeley.

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Date Created: 09/09/16
September 6, 2016 The House We Live In ● Screening Questions ○ What policies and practices shaped the creation  of the suburbs and the inner city post­WW2? (Highlight patterns of  investment and disinvestment) ■ Social security­ not for farmers or  domestic (which was mostly people of color) ■ GI Bill ■ Federal Housing Administration ● Provide loans to  average Americans so they can own a home ● You paid 10% of it  and bank would finance 80% over the next 30 years ● 1 or 2 non white  homeowners would lower the real estate pricing ■ Public housing ● Inner city ● Only blacks live ■ Urban renewal ● Most of the housing  destroyed, were never rebuilt ● ⅔ of the people were  displaced is black and latinos ■ Fair Housing Act ● Race was removed  from the housing eligibility ○ What is the difference between redlining and  blockbusting? ■ Redlining ● Green­all white and  far away from minorities ● Red­ all  minorities/becoming minority neighborhood ● Most of the loans  went to suburban areas and an integration neighborhood is an at risk and won’t get loans ● Federal government  constructed whiteness­ not just color, education, religious,  but now also owning a home ■ Blockbusting ● Real estate would  prey on white families to sell quickly due to black people  moving in and then they would sell again to non­whites at  twice the rate ○ What are the lingering consequences of the policies and practices discussed in the video? ● What we perceive about race is all around us ○ Characteristics bring assumptions and values ● Race isn’t biological and you don’t see race ○ All based on cultural viewpoint ● Race doesn’t mean nothing unless they are giving social meaning  and values that give them meaning ● Immigrants ○ Worked the most lowest paying and hardest jobs  alongside the ones who were already here ● Caucasian ○ 30 to 40 different racial identities ○ Jews were in­between races ■ White and black ● Whiteness ○ Not just the color but to also get access to the full  benefits of being an American ● Courts had to do a lot of determining who was white vs. black ○ You can cross state lines and change your race ○ Armenians were legally white in 1980s ● Takeo Ozawa ○ Race shouldn’t matter, my belief is should  determine citizen ○ His skin is as white as anyone else ○ Ruled wasn’t white because he wasn’t Caucasian  and Caucasian was white ○ He was part of mongolia race ○ Used scientific reasoning ● Singh Thind ○ 3 months after ozawa ○ He was caucasian due to scientific reasoning ○ Indians were caucasian ○ Court said that it didn’t need to be scientific but it  mattered what common man believe/said is white ○ He may be caucasian but he wasn’t white ○ After this case, most southern asian lost their  citizenship due to the naturalization right ● 1924 ○ Johnson Reed Immigration Act ■ Banned immigration till 1965 from  Asian American ■ European immigration became a  trickle ● Immigrants learned that white was exclusive and not just about  the color of skin ● Levittown/Roosevelt ○ Artificial world ○ White people trying to escape the fact that they live  in a multiracial world ○ Whites had an incentive leave ■ Integration scared them so had  white flight ■ Housing prices declined due to white flight ○ Tax eroded and businesses and schools declined ● Don’t gain equity by renting ● Is colorblind the same as equality Extra Credit ● Critical engagement ● 1­2 pages September 8, 2016 Bryan Stevenson ● Why do you want to kill all the broken people? The House We Live In ● Screening Questions ○ What policies and practices shaped the creation ■ GI Bill ■ FHA ■ New Deal ■ Urban renewal ● Japanese American  activist were considered easier to deal with than the Black  activist due to black stereotypes ■ Highway interstate act ● People can drive into  the city to work ■ Transfer to service jobs and white  jobs ○ Redlining vs Blockbusting ■ Redlining is FHA valuing spaces ● 30s to 1968 ● Racist law ■ Blockbusting ● 1968 and on ● Racist practices ○ Lingering Consequences ■ gentrification Redlining Exercise ● What story did people tell about these areas? ● How do we think about these spaces ● How are our ideas about these places shaped by  the housing practices


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