Gang Leader For A Day
1.) How would you respond if a graduate student from an elite university turned up at your door and announced his intention to study you? If a graduate student from an elite university showed up at my door with intentions to study me, I think that I would allow him access. I would like the chance to hear what they had to say about my lifestyle. I’ve always questioned the way I live and if other peoples lives’ are similar. I don’t think that I live an odd life, but it would be interesting to see how a stranger viewed it. I know at first that I’d be a lot like J.T. in regard to certain aspects of my life. I wouldn’t behave the way I always do, I’d be on my best behavior at least until we
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Sudhir said that the people living in the Robert Taylor Homes used crack like people in his neighborhood use alcohol. You have the alcoholics or the addicts and then you have the people who drink a few times a week or who have twenty extra dollars and buy some crack for recreational use. That’s the problem that they’re perpetuating right there. If you wanted to better yourself and had twenty extra dollars for the week, you’d save that extra money and in a single month you’d have eighty dollars saved. If you kept up with this, you’d be able to move out and into a better neighborhood. The problem is that people want instant gratification instead of delayed gratification. So, to a degree there is a culture, but I think the real problem is an environmental one. In that, same children aren’t taught the proper values and when they raise their own children they’re passing on the wrong values and then it becomes cyclical. At any time, these poverty stricken individuals could make some changes that would effect their outcome for the better. The poverty stricken are perpetuating the cycle when they could be breaking it.
5.) On pages 146 through 149, Ms. Bailey blames the conditions at Robert Taylor on a larger society that has denied opportunities to the poor. To what extent do you consider her arguments persuasive? I did not find Ms. Bailey’s arguments that persuasive. She was really just blaming everyone else for the problems faced at