As a women stated in the film, “The strong and tightly knit families I had grew up around had begun to shatter and it was one of the most tragic things I had seen”(Pruitt-Igoe). Kids struggled in school and in social settings without that reinforcement of a father figure. It broke down the image of what a true family really consisted of and started a generational outbreak of black fathers not being a round that is still present amongst African Americans
Basically all of the South’s resources were going to hell. Uncertain economic times make it pretty hard to make a living. African Americans found themselves to be politically limited during this time as Southern states passed laws that limited their access to exercise their right to vote. Literacy tests were used to keep blacks away from ballot boxes, as some states limited the right to vote to those who could pass a literacy test; a large majority of slaves had never learned to read or write. Not surprisingly, white voters were often given easier passages than blacks.
Classim comes into play when we are talking about the “class” being affect by the poisoning. As stated previously, lead poisoning is more prevalent in lower income communities. Therefore the class that is being affected is that of the lower, which is seen as our modern day peasants. Nearly 39%of all black families in the United States are living under they poverty line (U.S. Census Bureau, 2007). This all comes back to racism in the United States and the continued oppression of minority
African Americans were stated, as “one fifth of a white person” segregation was a huge part of African Americans lifestyle they were openly seen as less important then white people. Blacks and whites were separated either is school or neighborhood which made the matter worst then it already was. Education was one of the weaknesses in African American schools as they received poor education. For Black people to actually get somewhere and make a difference to how they were treated they needed education mainly as a lot of things relied on that. Booker T Washington believed education was the key.
Most of the African Americans were just slaves to the Whites. The African Americans didn’t usually have any say in their lives because they were unequal to the Whites. The African Americans were forced to sharecrop because they could not afford their own land. Their pay was less than minimal. The African Americans were treated unfairly and they were the first group of people that were laid off during any economic downturn.
Another topic that is mentioned in the book is “Racism”. Most kids already witnessed the act of racism against one another. Others don’t realize how its holding us back from moving on. When I say moving on I mean African Americans who have a background of slavery and known for mistreat from other race (white). Parents should realize how it’s important for kids to know the past and present and therefore Toni Morrison gives us a little of the background past for African Americans depicting how hard it was for her people to survive in such town in which most people strive to survive everyday.
The setting of A Raisin in the Sun is a ghetto in Chicago, where most blacks lived. Colas goes on to explain how these districts consisted of over priced, over crowded and poorly maintained apartments and homes; and that in the ghettos the crime rates were high and public services were limited. Colas also lets us know that most blacks living in the ghetto had hopes of leaving to move to better suburban neighborhoods, but segregated housing kept them stuck in the ghetto. An interesting fact that Colas brought out was that the housing industry was the greatest cause of segregated housing in Chicago; within the housing industry many social scientist observed that real estate agencies play the largest role in maintaining segregated communities. He also revealed that real estate agents made enormous profits manipulating whites with the fears of integration.
From the 20th century to the present, this gap has substantially widened. Due to this increase, suburb areas and large cities like the city of Houston have had budget cuts occur in their school systems as the economy has worsened. Of course, the budget cuts have affected the poor areas more because of the simple yet saddening fact that the poor had no money to begin with. The Chicago Tribune News Paper went on to observe this trend by having Greg J. Duncan and Richard J. Murnane conduct a study to see the difference between parents in rich and poor areas who place their children in enrichment programs like music or tutoring. Enrichment programs have been proven to improve the quality of the education a child a receiving.
It impacted so much in his life. Alexie states that, " we were poor by most standards, but one of my parents usually managed to find some minimum-wage job or other, which made us middle-class by reservation standards.”(2) This quote shows his family was considered very poor in American society. On the
The neighborhoods where blacks and Hispanics live are made up of families where both parents usually work at lower wages to make ends meet. The children who live in these neighborhoods do not have the same advantages as those students who live in the more expensive suburbs. They are forced to attend the neighborhood public schools. Their parents would never be able to afford private schools or live in the suburbs. In Jonathan Kozol’s essay, Still Separate, Still Unequal, he writes “One of the most disheartening experiences for those who grew up in the years when Martin Luther King Jr. and Thurgood Marshall were alive is to visit public schools today that bear their names or names of other honored leaders of the integration struggles that produced the temporary progress that took place in the three decades after Brown v the Board of Education and to find out how many of these schools are bastions of contemporary segregation” (Kozol 240).