"Amazing Grace" and Ghetto Life in America
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This paper examines how, in his book, "Amazing Grace", Kozol focuses on the children of the South Bronx, children who struggle to survive, thrive, to find joy and spiritual connections amid the turmoil of the ghetto. It shows how, although nihilism, hopelessness, anger, and violence run rampant through the neighborhood, the children with whom Kozol speaks and befriends exhibit an "amazing grace". It looks at how Kozol allows the residents of the South Bronx to speak for themselves through interviews and to demonstrate with their own examples why racial segregation, ghettoization, gang violence, and poverty are symptoms of a national problem rooted in avarice and racism.
From the Paper:"Ironically, the "founding father" of the community, Richard Morris, built the South Bronx on profits gleaned from slavery: he had owned a plantation in the Caribbean. The local high school is named after Morris. The South Bronx can't seem to escape its historical roots: racism pervades the district and there is a sense that its residents still live as slaves. A local teenage girl tells Kozol that the outside, white-dominated world looks toward people in their community as "obstacles to moving forward," as disposable and irrelevant. Moreover, Kozol notes that the mass media and the government fails to capture the raw emotionality of this harsh reality. Streets named after Black heroes like Martin Luther King stand basically as mockeries of racial justice and equality. "
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