Taking a Look at Becoming a Foot Soldier

646 WordsFeb 25, 20183 Pages
With a 1 in 4 chance of being killed, one could not call being a foot soldier a safe job. Even the riskiest legal job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, timber cutter, would stand only a 1 in 200 chance of being killed. While being part of a gang, and being part of a lumber union are very different, neither of them requires any formal education. A timber cutter can earn upwards of $25 an hour, while a foot solider in Chicago earns $3.30 an hour. So why would a high school student decide to drop out and become a foot solider? 22% of children in the United States live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level of $23,550 a year for a family of four. The federal poverty level is half the income necessary to cover basic expenses, meaning that 45% of children live in low income families that have just enough income where they can cover the cost of basic expenses. In areas like Chicago, where within their public school system 87% of students come from low-income families, or within Baltimore where it’s 83%, kids question their future. The Wire examines the two faced culture that is present in Baltimore’s school system, the street culture, and the academic culture. By analyzing the foot soldiers, aka the students of the public school we notice the discrepancy between these two cultures. The students, who mostly become foot soldiers later in life, must learn to balance their academic culture and lifestyle, with their street culture. Yet, the code of the
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