Racism and this text effects Esperanza and everyone around her in a very negative way. People are even afraid to come near their neighborhood, they fear that they will be attacked. The residents of Mango Street are talked about as criminals, just because of their race and their poverty. As a result of being Hispanic, Esperanza and those around her are viewed by other, higher classes, as a minority. Hispanics at that time made less money and were seen as lessers compared to people in the higher class.
The dad wanted something more for his wife, and children, but did not have the money to give his family anything better. The two brothers watch as their dad struggled to provide for them. It left both of them with something to think about as they grew older. As Sonny and the narrator become adults they begin to realize how much poverty still affects the citizens of Harlem. The narrator says, “but houses exactly like the houses of our past yet dominated the landscape, boys exactly like the boys we once had been found themselves smothering in the houses, came down for light and air and found themselves encircled by disaster” (Baldwin).
As a result of the boy’s influences and life on the street, he dies. “As her young man dies, on a cold and gray Chicago mornin’, Another little baby child is born in the ghetto and his mama cries.” are the last lines of the song and arguably the most meaningful. This describes the repeating cycle of life growing up in the ghetto. It’s very thought-provoking and leaves the listener thinking. What is sad about this is the fact that this occurs much too often in the ghetto.
For example, boycotts began to break out within white businesses. Black schools in Sunflower County were known to be severely underfunded, going without busses and necessary school supplies. Majority of the poor African American children did not attend school due to the need to cultivate crops and pick cotton for their family. Furthermore, these less advantaged African citizens made approximately seventy percent of the population, however the poor African American percentage maintained absent of a middle class. Sunflower County was divided between desired citizenship and constant denial for civil rights.
As Lena Younger, Walter mother also feels that blacks are being discriminated against, as they are almost being forced to live in the slums, do the price of houses for blacks out of the slums is so high that many families or people are unable to afford it within their life time. This is seen within the play when Lena says “them houses they put up for colored areas way out all seem to cost twice as much as other houses. I did the best I could” (2.i). Mama is showing how difficult it is for African Americans to move into a house as they are unable to move up no matter how hard they try, due racist laws set up by the whites make it difficult for them to leave the slums. As the laws are being set up to make it as difficult as possible for African American to leave the slums and enter the
One social concept that heavily affects the homeless population is that of dehumanization. Dehumanization is the deprivation of human rights from a person or group with the intention of undermining the individual being represented by a specific situation. In the case of the homeless population, they are often segregated from society and abused in various forms. The segregation of homeless people from society is often given two arguments as to why they are a “class apart”. These two arguments are that homeless people have done or are doing things that society sees as morally unacceptable and that homeless people have received help from their social community and have not made efforts to make connections.
Racism inhibits African Americans from working in the work force. This unemployment leads to poverty because they do not have money to sustain themselves and their family. For some people, they try to break down the obstacle of being oppressed by working hard and starting something of their own. However, due to the oppression, they are poor and have to work in pathetic conditions. In The House on Mango Street, there is an African American man who owns a furniture store, but he does not turn on any light because he cannot afford it (Cisneros
This practice, called redlining, essentially forced African-Americas into poor urban centres also known as the «gettho». This segregated America to this day and made it impossible to invest in the future of African-American neighbourhoods. Property taxes fund schools, which means that families who live in nice neighbourhoods - ones they could afford because of government backed home loans - get a better education. Better education means more opportunities, more resources and better jobs. The lack of educational opportunities meant that many African-Americans were relegated to low-wage manual work widening the wealth disparity that already existed.
Many of the black characters, including Pecola, Cholly, and Pauline believe that they are indeed “ugly” and “dirty” because it’s what society has wanted people to think since the beginning of time. This idea that they are worth nothing and that there is no beauty or cleanliness in them has become embedded in their memories considering it is all they’ve ever known while growing up. Pecola and her family “did not live in a storefront because they were having temporary difficulty adjusting to the cutbacks at the plant. They lived there because they were poor and black, and they stayed there because they believed they were ugly” (38). While some of the black characters in The Bluest Eye are very much confident in themselves, there are characters like the Breedloves, who have succumbed to society’s opinion and have started to believe that they are the equivalent of dirtiness.
The halfway house concept first come to into practice during the early 1800s, being used as a transitional residence for criminal offenders. Since its inception, it was met with opposition from community members. The offenders were typically completely destitute from the community. They were met with natural prejudice so strong that it was found to be difficult for the offender to find employment. The residences that were used as halfway houses were in rundown neighborhoods and the houses were structurally unsound.
1. As I engaged in watching the video "Young, Black and Male in New Orleans” several social issues was addressed. First, one of the issues is the significant gap in poverty among minorities and whites, specifically African Americans. African American is two to three times more likely to be poor then white children. Furthermore, black children are more than seven times more likely to spend more than half of their childhood years in poverty.
When the location and property value influence the allocation of the school fund, it is clear that students living in neighborhoods with least property values will be denied access to the quality of education offered to students living in communities with greater property values. As a result, we had in 2011 nearly half (48.1%) of all Dane County’s Black third graders failed to meet proficiency standards in reading, compared to 10.9% of White third graders. In other words, Dane County Black third graders were 4.4 times more likely NOT to be proficient in reading than their White peers. In other words, because of this large difference between rich and poor property taxes payment, rich communities receive more school funding and give great opportunities to their children to have higher quality education than poor communities. In “School funding inequality makes education separate and unequal”, Klein Rebecca (2015)
African Americans were denied access to unions and the ability to buy houses in certain areas were impossible due to redlining. This guaranteed that blacks were kept in very specific neighborhoods. In these areas unemployment was high and few were able to buy houses. Rental properties were not well maintained and crime became the norm. This is not to imply that cities declines were entirely due to racism but that African Americans just happened to be those primarily affected.
In the film, I learned that the migrants are almost exclusively tied to themselves and shut off from the outside world happening in the US. They are in the United States but they are not treated as well as other citizens; no access to healthcare, no access to a proper education, living under what is considered homeless conditions, food insecurity, etc. They are all struggling the same struggle, essentially, so that creates bonds between them because it seems that nobody outside of the Hispanic migrant worker field