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  1. 1. Lipsitz -Intro & Ch. 1Inequality in America 3/28/12
  2. 2. OWS and ForeclosuresWhat do we learn about OWS andbanks/housing in that article?Why are foreclosures an important issue forOWS to be tackling?
  3. 3. Bill Moores BodyWhat does Lipsitz use the story of Bill Moore toillustrate?What concerns does he raise about using thisstory?
  4. 4. Possessive Investment in WhitenessWhat do you think this concept means? What does he mean by "whiteness has a cash value"? (vii)Why is Lipsitz using this concept, rather thanjust talking about racism or discrimination?
  5. 5. Key ExamplesHousing loansSuburbanizationUrban renewalEnvironmental racismEducationEmployment
  6. 6. White Views vs Minority ExperienceHow does Lipsitz characterize white views ofrace in the United States?How does this match or contradict experiencesof people of color in the US?How does this connect to progress narrativesand the myth of meritocracy?
  7. 7. Liberal Individualism?● natural rights ○ freedom, liberty, independence● social contract between individuals and government ○ role of government is to protect and guarantee individual freedoms● group identification is contrary or a threatUS property systems are a key example of, andforce for sustaining, liberal individualism.

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