Essay about Racial Segregation in New York

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Racial Segregation in New York

Currently there are about 600,000 people who live in the South Bronx and about 434,000 who live in Washington Heights and Harlem. This area makes up one of the most racially segregated areas of poor people in the United States. In this book we focus on racially segregated areas of poor people in the United States. In this book we focus on Mott Haven, a place where 48,0000 of the poorest people in the South Bronx live. Two thirds of the people are Hispanic, one-third is black and thirty-five percent are children. There are nearly four thousand heroin users, and one-fourth of the women who are tested are positive for HIV. All of this, and much more in one little area of the South Bronx. In the middle of
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Discrimination

and prejudice are so prevalent, you would think that the state of New York would want to

do something. Why do these people get overlooked?

One form of prejudice that I couldn't help but noticing was the medical waste

incinerator built on Locust Avenue. Originally it was going to built in another part of

New York, but when parents complained of cancer worries they decided to build in Mott

Haven, despite the protest of the parents there. It seems as if they didn't even care about

the welfare of these people, these people can get cancer because they're already

"unclean". The people of Mott Haven, as seen in Jean Kilbourne's discussion "Deadly

Persuasions", seem to portrayed as not human. If the people of NY see them as less of a

person, then its easier to overlook them.

Cultural bias is another form of prejudice. Cultural bias can be in the form of

standardized test to get into a better school or even to get a better job. Access to

resources makes it harder for minorities to get ahead. If a child can't even get proper

schooling due to teachers not wanting to pass 96th street to teach, what are they suppose

to do? Some wait hours for care in a hospital because they're too
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