Summary Of On Some Streets By Sarah Cortez

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The poem “On Some Streets” by Sarah Cortez asserts a fact that often goes unnoticed. The free verse’s imagery reveals how many kids, specifically those who live in poverty-stricken neighborhoods, feel about cops and their community’s authority. Kids end up growing up to associate cops as the enemy, almost like you should be afraid of the cops because they are out to get you. But shouldn’t they look up to them and view them as their community’s leaders and protectors? Cops are supposed to make us feel safe, but that doesn’t seem to be the case these days. I moved from a small town outside Charlotte, North Carolina, where people got robbed every week and it wasn’t safe to walk out past dusk, to the suburbs of Houston, Texas, where the community
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