Educate California Students about Redlining and Systemic Racism

Educate California Students about Redlining and Systemic Racism

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Mikaela Marinis started this petition to California Department of Education

Although many of us were taught the history of slavery and segregation, few us were taught the history of redlining, and its past and current effects on African-Americans. This insidious practice is part of California history, and students deserve to learn about it so they can create positive change.

In fact, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn about redlining and systemic racism before they graduate high school. It is critical that all Americans understand it because it affects differences in education, wealth, law, and others. We are asking California Public Schools to make it a hallmark of social studies education. 

What is redlining? 

The term “redlining” was coined by sociologist John McKnight to describe this practice -  fencing off areas where banks and other lending institutions would avoid investments based on community (read: racial) demographics. Redlining is a self-fulfilling prophecy, because it keeps communities poor, and then people do not invest in them. At the peak of redlining, black inner city neighborhoods were the areas most frequently discriminated against. It formally began in 1934, but has existed informally for much longer. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2o-yD0wGxAc 

Since this is a direct part of California history, see https://joshbegley.com/redlining/ we believe it should be a required part of California education. Some teachers have already instituted this in their classroom: https://www.wxxinews.org/post/connections-teaching-redlining-schools 

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