Documentary Analysis: The House I Live In

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“The most important problem in America is drug abuse.”- Richard Nixon The House I Live In is an eye-opening documentary that informs people of what the war on drugs truly is. The black community has been the initial target of the war on drugs (drugs and drug abuse). This is something that is very hard for me to understand because the white community are the ones who brought the drugs over in the first place, and minorities are made to suffer. Also, higher powers put so much focus on people, that they loose site of what the real problem is. Drugs are the monsters that kill people and destroy everything in their path, that is a proven fact. But they still don’t do anything to fix this problem. Drug Abusers put it before everything else and …show more content…
That wasn 't successful due to the fact that they would get put in areas with terrible economies. So virtually it was impossible for them to make improvements, and change their lives. If you’re not allowed access to a good place to live with a growing economy, then it is nearly impossible to, and that is why the so-called drug problem continues to be an issue. Nanny also thought more money would help her family, but it didn’t, her work took her away from her children so she could never be around when they needed her. It’s a double edged sword, you can be there for your family, but you won’t make any money, or you could make money, but you would never have time for your children. White families have a father, a mother, AND a nanny, but minority families have to always be working. So with that being said there is no support, not to mention drug laws are not shaped by scientific concerns, but political. People continue to think the criminal law would be fair and just, and it should be, but it isn’t. Minorities are targeted by a one to one-hundred ratio. Crack and cocaine are identical, but a black person is going to be charged much tougher for possession of crack than a white person would be for cocaine. “Any business person will recognize the challenges James outlines, even if there are some questionable features.” At first, I thought it was crazy that the essay A Night In …show more content…
You guys make more money than any of these other hustlers, I interrupted. That 's true, but in the long run, where will we be?” I chose this quote because it surprised me that a drug dealer would know that he or she actual possesses potential, and also that drug dealing is what is holding them back. That may sound a little harsh, but most drug dealers who get involved in the game feel like they have no other options. It 's very refreshing to read that a drug dealer felt like there was more that he could be doing with his life, and he could make something more of himself. “I mean really understand, that you can 't live alone, you always need somebody... If you 're rich, you always can buy a hotel, a friend. But, a lot of us have nothing in our pockets. We have to know how to live with each other or else we couldn 't get by. See, this is what you must understand about the ghetto, about this community.” I also chose this quote because I appreciate how real, and honest it is. And it is also very true when you 're in the ghetto it is a community, everyone is basically family. So if the family needs help, you have to help the family. That 's also another reason why I think there is a never ending cycle. Drug dealers help out the family when the need, but the need to get repaid somehow, and that how children get

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