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  1. Dec 2020
    1. At the next meeting approximately two-dozen contract buyers decided to form an organization, the Contract Buyers of Lawndale.

      Why would people buy under contracts rather than mortgages? What do you know about the demographics and history of Lawndale? How might the history of this neighborhood impact home ownership and investment?

    2. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Chicago Freedom Movement

      55th in 2021

    1. When they did pay attention, they invariably blamed the victims — their “unhealthy” behaviors and diets, their genes, the under-resourced neighborhoods they “chose” to live in and the low-paying jobs they “chose” to work. Their chronic illnesses were seen as failures of personal responsibility. Their shorter life expectancy was written off to addiction and the myth of “black-on-black” violence. Many of those arguments were legacies of the slave and Jim Crow eras, when the white medical and science establishment promoted the idea of innate Black inferiority and criminality to rationalize systems built on servitude and segregation.

      Is this an example of de jure or de facto racism and discrimination? Explain your thinking.

    2. public health experts mostly ignored the disparities

      Who do you think these experts were? How might that have changed?

    3. “I worked too hard.”

      What other generations or populations were essentially "worked to death"?

    4. Recently he and his wife, Chelsea, a second grade teacher, had launched One Love Travel, organizing excursion packages and cruises as part of their long-term plan to build generational wealth.

      Think about the extra work needed to attain a start to generational wealth. How is this different for different people? What have you seen in or around your life that seems similar or which has a different pattern?

    5. The effort of confronting that machine, day in and day out, compounded over a lifetime, leads to stress so corrosive that it physically changes bodies

      How does this highlight questions of power? Is it hard or soft power in evidence?

    6. They were the very people communities would have turned to first to help recover from the pandemic: entrepreneurs who were also employers; confidants like coaches, pastors and barbers; family men forced into a sandwich generation younger than their white counterparts, because their parents got sick earlier and they had to care for them while raising kids of their own.

      We often think of systemic racism and inequality in more concrete terms and ways — policing, schooling, access to money and power. What ideas about systemic inequality can you draw from this sentence and paragraph?

    7. High-effort coping can confer mental health benefits even for children raised in the direst of circumstances. Dosha DJay Joi endured the kind of trauma that dooms many children — beatings, neglect, sexual abuse. Born in Chicago, he spent much of his adolescence in group homes in the Wisconsin system. For years he was afraid to talk about the abuse and scared to tell his birth mother he was queer.

      What does his experience say about the unseen aspects of marginalized communities and disparate power structures?