The New York Times's 22,000-word piece about Dasani, an 11-year-old who is part of an "invisible tribe of more than 22,000 homeless children in New York, the highest number since the Great Depression, in the most unequal metropolis in America" has been making the rounds on the internet, and yes, is most definitely worth reading.
My mother worked the third shift because my father had a high school diploma and she didn’t, and he could land a job that conceded the importance of sunlight while she was stuck with whatever her employers deemed fitting.
KellyNoel Waldorf, a student at Duke, has an editorial in The Duke Chronicle about "coming out as poor" in a college atmosphere where she says talking about class has been difficult for her. And it's not the kind of "poor student on a ramen diet" that's prototypical of the "broke college student," but things like having to lie about reasons why she couldn't socialize because she felt ashamed about not having money, and having her mother calling her crying, telling her that she doesn't have enough gas money to pick her up for Thanksgiving.
If you, like Errol Louis, have trouble comprehending the logic behind a "not-filthy-rich" person buying a $2,500 purse because you would never want that yourself, I'll put it into language you can understand.
Jay was leaning against the fence in front of the church on Broadway, holding out a plastic coffee cup, asking for change. He was in socked feet and blue booties, the kind that would wrap around a cast or a sprained ankle. He was standing on a thin piece of styrofoam, and had a shopping bag and a backpack on the ground text to him. I stopped and said, hello, and he smiled a huge smile that I wasn't expecting.
In Hawaii, Tom Brower, a Democratic state representative, is walking around with a sledgehammer and disabling shopping carts used by the homeless. He says he does it because "it's threatening to steal things," meaning taking shopping carts to use as storage of personal possessions, yet Brower does not see the irony of how threatening it is to walk around with a sledgehammer to destroy the carts. And it's not just the carts—Brower appears to have disdain for the homeless, one of the most vulnerable segments of our society, who often suffer from mental health issues.
When I met Jerry in the gas station, I needed something from him more than he needed something from me.
Kat Aaron at the American Prospect has a fascinating/devastating profile of Detroit's 36th District Court, one of many civil courts in Detroit, and across the country, that are underfunded and failing their citizens. Civil court, as Aaron puts it, "is where the problems of income inequality and unaffordable housing and low wages and unemployment and poor education play out."
Related to my post earlier today about class issues at Duke University, a reader sent me a link to the November issue of The Yale Daily News Magazine, which examines this issue on campus in detail.
Modern Farmer has a new feature called "Farm Confessional" in which they talk to people who work in agriculture to tell some of the stories that aren't being told. Today, they have an excellent confessional by a 40-year-old undocumented migrant farmworker named Odilia Chavez based in Madera, Calif.
New York state's attorney general is launching an investigation into Macy's and Barney's after news reports revealed that blacks and other minorities were routinely being stopped by police after purchasing luxury items. The Daily News reports that one of the reasons why this kind of racial profiling has been happening is because Macy's may have a quota of "five arrests per week" and an "internal race code system."