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February 22, 2006

Blog week six

Today I went to my site for the first time. I'm tutoring at a charter school which is located in a church. It's a one room classroom, located at the top of the building. The tables form a large horseshoe and many computers sit behind them.
I met the teacher I'll work with, Kathy, and she was very helpful and enthusiastic, but a little disorganized. She sent me downstairs, into a cafateria to work on a math worksheet with a sixteen year old girl, Miranda. Miranda wanted to know the material, which was pre-algebra. I was able to understand her problems quickly, but told her a few wrong things. We worked on the worksheet for an hour and a half. I left feeling I could have done a much better job at communicating my knowledge; she was still unsure about some solutions at the end.
It was a good first day experience. I enjoyed everyone I came in contact with, and when I said goodbye to Kathy and Miranda, they both seemed like they appreciated my contribution.

February 15, 2006

Urban Injustice and Our America pregnancy similarity

In Urban Injustice, David Hilfiker spends time describing the single mother pregnany issue of ghettos. He dispells many myths and gives alternate reasons why the situation is as it is. He says fathers tend to leave their families because of a feeling of economic failure. He says teenage black girls desire children to love someone and to be loved. This is analogous to Our America. LeAlan's sister, Janell had a child at 15. When LeAlan asks about the father she says he doesn't have a job. (The father's feeling of not being able to provide economically could be a reason he's not around much) When LeAlan notes that Janell dropped out of school because of her child, she responds by saying she wouldn't change what she did. She feels her son to be the most precious, important thing in her life and she wouldn't want to give him up. In the desperation of ghettos, teenagers feel hopeless and desperate; a child is a way to acquire a purpose to their lives.

Hellhole and Jewish community

Hellhole noted that the relationship between balcks and Jews in the twenties and thirties was good despite some racial differences. The Jewish community owned many of the businesses and helped the poorer members of North Minneapolis when they were in particular financial trouble. The "Jewish community" piece noted the racial tensions that led to the Jewish exodus; tensions between blacks and jews and jews and white gentials. But, there were many members of the jewish community who worked to encourage understanding between the races before the jewish exit to the suburbs.
There was always violence in North Minneapolis. Davis said it was not uncommon to see someone beat up or a dead body on a street in the morning. The writer of the "Jewish community" piece described a conflict between a group of jews and gentials driving cars. But the increased segregation and weaponry has changed North Minneapolis. The freeways have isolated it. The jewish exodus has resulted in ending the economically vertically integrated community. The federal programs contributed to this and also racism.
The segregated community North Minneapolis now is correlates with the timeline drawn by Hilfiker. When the black riots occurred in 1967, the push to leave escalated quickly.