Episode III The House We Live In

Episode III The House We Live In - Episode III The House...

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Episode III – The House We Live In Comprehensive Questions Who was allowed to become a naturalized citizen before 1954 and who wasn’t? What rights and privileges do citizens have that non-citizens don't have? What were the consequences for those denied citizenship? How did European “ethnics” become white? What changes made this possible? How did federal housing policies institutionalize segregation and wealth disparities? Why do property values go down when a neighborhood changes from white to nonwhite? Who plays a role in this? What happens to measures of racial disparities in places like education and welfare rates when groups of similar income AND wealth are compared? Discussion Questions The film shows how government policies have created unfair advantages for whites in the past, resulting in a substantial wealth gap between whites and nonwhites. What examples of disparity exist in your community today? Will the wealth gap go away if we ignore race? In the early part of this century, Asian immigrants were not eligible for citizenship, no matter how long they lived in the U.S. What is the legacy of those laws in terms of how Asian Americans are viewed today?  What role does race play in current U.S. policy on immigration and granting of citizenship?  How is our idea of citizenship still tied to race? Commenting on the idea that the U.S. is a melting pot, sociologist Eduardo Bonilla-Silva says, “That melting pot never included people of color. Blacks, Chinese, Puerto Ricans, etc. could not melt into the pot.” Think about the phrase “melting pot”—what does it
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