Why is There Inequality?

Not everyone has the same amount of wealth, resources, or power. This uneven distribution of resources means that societies are stratified. This social stratification often leads to inequality, and negatively affects people’s chances of success in life. So what do you do when you know inequality is shaping not just your life, but the lives of your children and your community? This week you’ll meet Ron Finley, also known as the Gangsta Gardener, who decided to take on inequality in his community by planting seeds of change.



Watch the Story

10 pts – What happens when one group has access to resources and opportunities and another group doesn’t? It’s called inequality, and Gangsta Gardener Ron Finley has his own approach to confronting it – getting his hands dirty.

Read Your Webtext

20 pts – Inequality can take many forms, affecting even the kinds of foods you eat. But why does inequality exist, and can we eliminate it? You’ll explore these important questions in this week’s webtext.

Join the Discussion

20 pts – Discuss the factors that lead to upward social mobility.


220 pts – Assignment 2 is due this week.

Reflect Questions

10 pts – Take a few minutes to reflect on your learning this week.