In “If I Were A Poor Black Kid,” writer Gene Marks claims that poor inner city children have opportunities to be successful in life if they follow the advices/ideas he gives such as, to magnet/private school, have technology access and get good grades. Throughout the article Marks, emphasizes that poor inner city kids have the ability to be successful but they do not want to use the resource they have available. This article has been a controversial because Marks compare himself with the poor inner city kids without having knowledge about the challenges poor inner city kids face daily. The argument the author presents in the article may seem logical on the surface but investigating more deeply it can be unreasonable. Gene Marks is a man who comes from a middle class white background.
That doesn’t give any room for exceptions or any shades of grey, which seems to be exclusionary. What about the “decent” families who are non-violent but break the law out of necessity? Since they’re included in the working poor, they might need to resort to stealing in order to
In the poem "Family Tree" by Tupac Shukar, explains about how it doesn't matter where you come from because that doesn't determine your future. For example in Lines 1-4, tupac says that everyone is born equal despite where they come from, even though where they are born are not equal one another. Lines 5-8 shows that beauty is everyone despite their the differences we where all created for a reason. There are going to be people who bully you, who bring your gaurd down, and who want to see you suffer, but you've got to be strong. In lines 9-12, Tupac says that great are those who become someone out of nothing.
If you’re confused and didn’t know what that was, it’s one of Tupac’s well-remembered quotes that is relevant to America’s conversation about race relations and racism. In The Hate U Give, “THUG LIFE” is a relevant theme in the book because it represents a history of racial relations in the U.S., is related to current racial issues that still affect ethnic minorities and the effects of racial injustice towards communities of color decades later. To explain as to why “THUG LIFE” is a relevant theme in The Hate U Give is because it is a representation of a history of racial relations in the United States.
There are many phenomena that could cause or correlate with crime. In addition to this, there are many characteristics to these phenomena that cause/correlate with criminal behavior. Furthermore, these characteristics can be individual, sociological, or both that could have an effect on criminal behavior. This paper will take the educational avenue on crime.
McBride begins his essay in high contrast to his intended purpose with an anecdotal discussion of his first encounters with Hip Hop music that inevitably represents black men as arrogant, aggressive, and poor. The introductory paragraph details McBride’s fear of his daughter marrying a black rapper that he describes as having “a mouthful of gold teeth, a do-rag on his head, muscles popping out of his arms, and a thug attitude” (McBride para. 1). This stereotypical description of a rapper, as well as the sense of fear McBride feels, contributes to his initial representation of black males as aggressive thugs that are unsuitable to become husbands.
An honest African American man could not make much of himself in this country at the time as if hindered at every turn to break through a glass ceiling made of iron. Meanwhile, his less than honest neighbors that are most likely unemployed, proposition him to kill a man for good money. The men are sporting new and stylish garments and drive a nice car, as they speak to him; an honest man who works perhaps 12 hours a day; he is wearing an old and dirty wife beater. Many at the time had to resort to crime to have any upward mobility but were confined to the town they lived in, thus these areas couldn’t grow and prosper; instead, they digressed into more poverty and
The section is opened by a quote from Frederick Douglass, a famous abolitionist, stating that white citizens of America don’t truly understand what it is like to be an African American in that time period and how they are “ignorant.” The author’s message is that she understands that these criminals are doing something wrong in the first place, but she realizes that these people are already struggling to begin with. These individuals are selling drugs to feed their families and keep a roof over their heads. By doing this they are digging themselves in a hole that that can not get out of. Once convicted for dealing drugs it is nearly impossible to return a good life after you are released.
In a poor neighborhood we can watch a white and an African American child grow up. The difference between the two will be that the white child will have an smoother time growing up and moving out and into a middle-class neighborhood and the African American child will face many more strife and conflict. This is helps explain why 48% of African American families have lived in low-income areas for a typical minimum of two generations, while that only occurs to 7% of white families (Sharkey, 2013, p. 39). For African Americans it is significantly more difficult to leave the poverty that they were born
Education is one of the few ways out of poverty, prison, and the only way to attain sustainable success, but not if its unequal for a child to receive or the different penalty that go along with being in school as black schoolboy/girl. A lot of favorite athletes and even top rappers was channel in the school-prison pipeline such as Curtis James Jackson, III was a piece of data in the concept. Curtis James Jackson, III, better known by his stage name 50 Cents, a 12-year-old boy at the time of his actions, is a suitable case to investigate. Using his case and past his story and experience involving juvenile delinquency and how it impacted the school system, the contributions to the crime behind it such as drug offenses, the crime of carrying an armed gun in his school, and how the school system and juvenile justice system bough such a punitive punishment to Curtis. Curtis story transformed and share his experience to let other youth in his shoes learn from it, also as Asante did with his juvenile years changing and trying to impact black youngsters.
Tupac Shakur’s song has a mirror of Meeks’ up bring. Society becomes insensitive and disregarding when the main issues deal with gang affiliation. Instead of fixing the problem with the factors that deal with gang affiliation society turns their backs on these communities. Brenda did not have any role models in her life, so Brenda did not grow up to her full potential. Meeks grew up in North Carolina where gang affiliation was his only source of social mobility.
This essay will discuss crime as both a social problem and a sociological problem. Crime is seen as a typical function of society. Crime doesn’t happen without society. It is created and determined by the surrounding society. According to the CSO, the number of dangerous and negligent acts committed between the years of 2008 and 2012 rose from 238’000 in 2008 to 257’000 in 2012. This is an increase of nearly 20’000 recorded crimes in just 3 years. Note that these are only the recorded figures. Many more crimes go unreported. This may be because of intimidation, blackmail or embarrassment among many reasons.
Crime offers a way in which poor people can obtain material goods they cannot attain through legal means. Often, threat or force helps them acquire even more goods, encouraging them to commit more violent acts such as robbery and rape. Thus, poverty increases crime
I will be explaining through the seven elements of crime whether illegal drug use, prostitution, and gambling fit the elements (Bohm & Haley, 2011). The seven elements of the crime are harm, legality, actus reus, mens rea, causation, concurrence, and punishment.