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Students increasingly know about the history of redlining as a system of racial exclusion. But what role did capitalism play? And is it possible to have capitalism and not have racial exclusion? This four-lesson unit invites students to grapple with the role that race and economics plays in today's housing injustices and high rates of homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area. These four lessons build on students’ lived experiences to a) understand how racial capitalism impacts housing in the Bay Area and b) explore the transformation of this type of systemic racism. As a culminating activity, students are asked to engage in reimagining a just housing future and draft a resolution for housing justice for each and every one of us. These lessons are intended for 9-12th grade ELA, Ethnic Studies, and/or Social Studies, but the concepts can be adapted to other subjects or spur a cross-subject collaboration on racial capitalism.

View this Curriculum: Racial Capitalism Unit

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