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About 61 percent of Hispanics approve of the health-care law, compared with 29 percent of whites and 91 percent of blacks, according to a Pew Research Center and USA Today survey conducted Sept. 4-8. Hispanics will outnumber whites in California next year for the first time and will represent almost half of residents by 2060, the state’s Finance Department said in January.
I have seen blocks of abandoned and burned-out buildings – blocks of rubble-filled lots shared by children and rats – and people who reflect the effects of despair common to that environment. At times, I have also seen hope and a transcending of the spirit in spite of these surroundings. But mostly, what I have seen reminds me of Dante’s inferno.
Before I take photographs, I always tell people what I am trying to do. I tell them that I want to show others what it is like to live in a ghetto – how hard it is, how harsh it is. Everyone helps me. They all hate the crime, the garbage, the fires, the rats, the crowded conditions. In many ways, it breaks my heart that people look to me as a hope, a hope that my work will stir others and that changes will be made, changes that will directly improve their lives.
Every time I drive into the ghetto, I ask myself why. Why does this devastation exist? Why are there so many abandoned buildings? Why are the only good roads the ones that are used by suburbanites to get to the downtown area each day?
On Saturday afternoon, Jarrett spoke with members of the Trotter Group of African American columnists and with regional reporters, and again outlined what she considered the Obama administration's successes, among them funding for historically black colleges and universities; health care reform, which she said will disproportionately help African Americans; and reducing disparities between penalties for possession of crack and for powdered cocaine.