Week 3 Notes - ES 101
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Possessive Investment in Whiteness Pt 1 101215 Day 5 Indigenous Solidarity Day Columbus Day fitting because we are talking so much about property ownership amp real estate Race the Power of an Illusion The House We Live In How does the video illustrate the role of race in shaping racial patterns amp people s life changes How does the video demonstrate the power of whiteness as an ideology amp a system that perpetuates racial inequality The House We Live In what we perceive as race first thing we know about each other no subspecies in human beings characteristics have no meaning unless given social power immigrants worked worst amp dangerous jobs along w Blacks amp Asians by 1910 50 of miners were immigrants Between 1880 amp 1920 most immigrants were from Eastern amp Southern Europe 35 types of Caucasian immigrants had poor living areas America The Melting Pot from Broadway musical Being white was key needed to be white to have citizenship vote states had different laws to determine if someone was Black or not cross state lines amp you might be a different race 1922 Japanese man tried to become an American citizen I court denies citizenship he raised kids as American wore western clothes spoke English many land acts prohibited immigrants from owning land Bhagat Singh Thind Indian man moved to America Verdict of US v Thind denied citizenship Caused Thind to commit suicide 3rd of 4th generation Americans still thought to be foreigners unions kept Blacks amp Mexicans from getting good jobs if at all 1930 s government created National Housing Act to let families have a home 10 Down bank 80 pay out over 30 years this idea is still used today if one nonwhite family lived in Levittown prices around city would go down dramatically integrated neighborhood unstable socially living in suburbs white characteristic Possessive Investment in Whiteness Pt 1 101215 Day 5 public housing nonwhite center of city 90 of housing destroyed were not rebuilt one point laws said whites on top blacks on bottom homes of whites grew in home equity black homes being divested most benefits can be attained wo doing anything by being white average black families net worth 18 amount of white families I don t see color I see people advantages to being white accumulate through generations 14th Amendment born on US land you are a US citizen even if parents aren t citizens causes immigrants to reproduce leads to sterilization movement Readings George Lipsitz Dan HoSang James Baldwin 1924 1987 no one was white before heshe came to America It took generations and a vast amount of coercion before this became a white country white is not a transhistorical idea it changes across place amp time Possessive Investment in Whiteness George Lipsitz possessive ownership describes relationship investment time or resource spent w expectation of return or profit whiteness not skin color or common homeland but a political category or relation of power Remember the Intersections All whites do not benefit from the possessive investment in whiteness in precisely the same ways the experiences of members of minority groups are not interchangeable Class sexuality gender disability age Possessive Investment in Whiteness Pt 2 101415 Day 6 Role of myths in disguising racial myths Housing employment gentle apartheid education environmental racism health care incarceration Race amp Housing in CA Government Homeowners realtors developers Realtors amp developers as investors in whiteness Want white tenants in our white community Racially restrictive covenants an investment in whiteness Neighborhood Organizing to Defend Restrictive Covenants LA 1947 1948 Supreme Court rules restrictive covenants unenforceable LA Realty Board proposes Const Amendment to legalize discrimination Government investments in whiteness Redlining not lending to certain neighborhoods Highway construction Providing mortgages to white only suburbs not rebuilding homes taken down intended to better Cities only 10 of these homes are rebuilt Federal Government Discriminatory Loans Federal Housing Authority amp Veterans Administration which funded the majority of mortgages from 1946 1970 make loans almost exclusively to white suburban communities 350000 new homes N CA 1946 1960 100 sold to blacks Federal highway construction displaces non white residents in often vibrant communities focus on bringing people to business district Homeowner amp resident investments in whiteness Actively organize to keep Black Latino amp Asian American residents from their communities Refusing to sell rent homes Possessive Investment in Whiteness Pt 2 101415 Day 6 Vigilante violence Organizing neighborhood associations Moving from integrated to all white neighborhoods Pt II Resisting Segregation 14th Amendment housing is a right everyone should have equal housing only country that have race based home laws Mass Protests against Housing Segregation Pickets Republican Convention Cow Palace 1964 Pickets outside SF housing 1963 CORE protest Richmond public housing 1964 United Civil Rights Committee LA 1963 Prop 14 1964 the State shall not deny limit or abridge the right of any person who is willing or desires to sell lease or rent any part or all of his real property to do so as je in his absolute discretion chooses Political Opposition Vote on Prop 14 allowing people to be discriminate against CA 1964 Election Johnson D 59 Goldwater R 41 Prop 14 Y 65 Prop 14 N 35 Discussion Question Why is a racially restrictive housing covenant an example of the possessive investment in whiteness Establishes a primary way in which wealth is accumulated or not I ongoing consequences for future generations Racial Wealth Gap What you own minus what you owe Possessive Investment in Whiteness Pt 2 101415 Day 6 REE Mall Eu sl TH 5 P l 9395 WELSH How do we explain these disparities What do they have to do w history How do they affect the ideology of race today Unemployment by Race African American 15 Latino 115 White 72 Government policies to promote white wealth accumulation Veterans benefits 40s to 60s Housing benefits 30s to 60s Social Security welfare benefits 30s to 60s Segregated public school benefits 1865 1954 Deindustrialization I Neoliberalism Less manufacturing jobs Less educational funding More unemployment More incarceration Prison industrial complex Environmental Racism Nationwide 60 percent of African Americans and Latinos live in communities with uncontrolled toxic waste sites As Robert D Bullard concludes race has been found to be an independent factor not reducible in class in predicting exposure to a broad range of environmental hazards including polluted air contaminated fish lead poisoning municipal landfills incinerators amp toxic waste dumps Corporations systematically target Native American reservations when looking for locations for hazardous waste incinerators solid waste landfills amp nuclear waste storage facilities Navajo teens develop reproductive organ cancer 17x national ave because of their exposure to radiation from uranium mines Possessive Investment in Whiteness Pt 2 101415 Day 6 Cancer Alley Stretch of Mississippi R Over 150 oil refineries Possessive Investment in Whiteness Key Points difference from prejudice or bigotry its about structures more than values requires proactive collective effort to sustain not everyone s profits in the same way to oppose the possessive investment in whiteness implies investing in something else What is this something else Lipsitz also suggests that we are all responsible for addressing social inequality amp discrimination as members of a racist society amp possibly as recipients of the privileges historically ascribed to whiteness White Privilege amp Color Blindness 101415 moo Whiteness as Structure Moving the Race Conversation Forward Seven Harmful Racial Discourse Practices 1 Individualizing Racism 2 Falsely Equating Incomparable Acts 3 Diverting from Race 4 Portraying Government as overreaching 5 Prioritizing Policy Intent over Impact 6 Condemning Through Coded Language 7 Silencing History Tim Wise According to Wise how can believing in whiteness harm people who think they are white Privilege a special entitlement granted not earned Peggy McIntosh As a white person I realized I had been taught about racism as something which puts others at a disadvantage but had been taught not to see one of its corollary aspects white privilege which puts me at an advantage White privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions assurances tools maps guides codebooks passports visas clothes compass emergency gear and blank checks