While I was reading the first chapter of John Kozol’s book ‘Amazing Grace’ I had almost started crying because of what these families are facing because of where they live in the world. The first person, he introduced was a seven-year-old boy named Cliffie. Cliffie had taken Kozol on a tour of the neighborhood and said things and explained parts of the neighborhood. He pointed out how this building was to burn people and but when Kozol had asked the reverend when they got back to the church he asked what the building was really for and the reverend had told him that it is a waste disposal for 14 hospitals throughout New York City. This leads me to my next points are about hospitals and what their homes are like.
Hospitals in this chapter had made me realize that all hospitals or not the same and some run out of supplies faster than the others because of where they are located and how much money we have for supplies. An example from the book that has not shown how supplies were being used up quickly is the Harlem hospital. The fact that this hospital doesn’t have enough resources for all their patients is saddening to think about since if anyone one of us ever had an emergency we would be welcomed by maybe a few overworked nurses and doctors but there will always be another nurse or doctoring coming soon to relieve them of their duties.
The majority of the people who live in the south Bronx is struggling to make meets ends with an average income is $7,800 a year. The people who live in the south Bronx are almost forced here because they can’t afford to live anywhere else and the landlords know that so they use it to their advantage forcing people to live in small cramped areas with no heat in the winter where people can freeze to death and no cool air in the summer where the people can literally be boiled alive. Many people in this story are being screwed over and beaten down because who they are and where they live. I hope that in the future it can change but I know it will be a long time till then.
Here are some links to programs that help the adults and the youth of South Bronx.
Below is a video about the South Bronx view over history and a photo of the general map area of the South Bronx.