SEGREGATION IN NEW YORK CITY
New York City is the third most segregated city for Blacks in the United States and the second most segregated city for Asian Americans and Latinos. This residential segregation is not by accident. As Richard Rothstein writes in The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, “it is the result of unconstitutional policies pursued in the twentieth century by government officials."
Today we continue to see the enduring effects of this segregation. Vast disparities in health, wealth, housing, education, exposure to pollution, violence and experiences with the criminal justice system exist across different zip codes in New York City.
In the summer of 2019, we will explore the history of segregation in New York City, the disparities that it has created and the ways in which New Yorkers are working to address them. We will travel throughout the city to meet with activists, policymakers, academics, lawyers, doctors, journalists, service providers and others working to protect New Yorkers from eviction, violence, pollution, poor health and from becoming caught up in the criminal justice system.
Students will also develop skills in public speaking, advocacy and will learn how to use photography and oral history to advocate for human rights.
At the end of the program, students will have the opportunity to do an optional, unpaid internship with an organization in NYC working relieve disparities in health, housing, violence, pollution, and in the criminal justice system.
This program will continue throughout the 2019-20 school year. Students will organize a public symposium on segregation and disparities in November 2019, devise and perform a play, and with support from the UNIS Human Rights Project, organize events on this topic in their schools.
This program will be run in partnership with PROOF: MEDIA FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE.