Video: The house we live in
I thought the video was very interesting as well as shocking. I found it interesting when it pointed out that physical differences doesn't make race; the social meanings attached to it does. The fact that blacks were explicitly being discriminated against by the government was outrageous. There were explicit laws that stated whites were on top and blacks were on the bottom. Blacks were not offered the same homeownership opportunities as whites. This lack of opportunity impacted the current class status for the average African American.
By redlining the neighborhoods, racial segregation was created; similar to the racial segregation that exists in the suburbs and cities today. The practices of decades ago are similar to the ones in place today, the only difference is that they're not as explicit. The racial discrimination of blacks was extended to immigrants and they wee denied citizenship. The only key to citizenship was whiteness. Jews, though their skin color is white, were discriminated against because they were considered "in between people in transition". The GI Bill that was intended to benefit all soldiers only benefitted white soldiers. The fact that they went to war and fought for their country and weren't valued as citizens when they returned is very depressing.
The laws that defined one's race were ridiculous. A person could literally change their race by walking across a state line because what was considered black in one state wasn't in another.
I enjoyed the video.