Shadowy Lines that Still Divide by Janny Scott

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Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential. -Barack Obama Imagine if you could see a whole city from your home; it stretches as far as the eye can see and has just house after house. Some houses are white, some are red, some are blue, and so on. This seems fairly normal and you might think I’m describing a housing development or something like it. The only problem is that those houses are not as they appear, they are actually tents and they are being inhabited by the poverty stricken population of your city. These “tent cities” have popped up all over the United States. Many different people live there, and have all have lost their homes some way or another. If Yakima can break down these barriers of poverty, we will never become one of these “tent cities”. We must figure out ways to help the low-income population to get jobs they need to support their families. If you are in some kind of post-high school education you must have some source of money and ambition to do better than your parents before you. According to the story “Shadowy Lines That Still Divide”, by Janny Scott and David Leonhardt, in the book Class Matters; “the economic advantage once believed to last only two or three generations is now believed to last closer to five.” This means that what you decide to do with your life and well off you are determines what other generations of your family will do. In the story of Angela Whitiker’s Climb by Isabel Wilkerson, from the book Class Matters, she talks about the bullet riddled “housing building” that is run by drug gangs. If kids or peo... ... middle of paper ... ...d ways to break down all these barriers in Yakima, I think that the children and the families that are in the low to lower-middle class will have a chance for better education, jobs, and family life. With this they can better their own lives and mold the future of the next generations of their family. Works Cited Brooks, David. "The New Normal." New York Times, 28 Feb. 2011. Web. 10 Mar. 2012. Faulk, Mike. "Riding High." Yakima Herald Republic, 8 Mar. 2011. Web. 10 Mar. 2012. Scott, Janny. “Shadowy Lines That Still Divide.” Class Matters. New York, New York: Times Books, 2005. 1-26. Print. "The Low-Income Single Parent." Web. 10 Mar. 2012. "Prepared by 20." United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties. Web. 10 Mar. 2012. "Why Teen Pregnancy Is a Poverty Problem." 2 Mar. 2010. Web. 10 Mar. 2012.
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