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Visual Essay #1

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FC: Poverty

1: Poverty I can just look out my front door or drive to work and see poverty first hand. I see the kids playing outside with no parent supervision. To me, some look thin and makes me do they get to have daily meals like my kids get to have. I was watching one day the Ellen Degeneras show and there was a principal that worked at an underprivileged school. She was talking about how students would take ketchup from the cafeteria to make soup over the weekend because they didn’t have any food to eat and that is what they would live on until they would go back to class on Monday. I know the same problem affects students here in Oklahoma. Which we came up with the plan of sending backpacks home with the students full of food to last them through the weekend so that they would not go hungry. This principle solved the problem with the same concept but took it a step further. She also started to help the parents by helping them through getting money that is donated through charities to pay electric bills, find places for the families to live, and she does other things to make a big impact to make sure students are successful in school.

2: It amazing what this women has done for the school and it makes a big difference in a child’s life. It just shows that we can make a difference in this world with a little compassion and effort. How does poverty happen? I think in this day in time because of recession people are getting laid off from their jobs left and right. Then what do you do? This job that you were counting on has ended and how do you make ends meet when you have no income coming in anymore. Then it’s like a tumbling affect. You get behind on bills and then eventually you can lose your home, and struggle to put food on the table. Then what happens? You are forced into poverty. I was talking to my husband yesterday were the company he works at that for the managers they are changing their pay structure which of course is less. This in return will affect their lives because they are used to a certain amount of income and now it will be less. That is why I told my husband that right now I do not want to move. We live fairly cheap but not in the greatest area. He wants to move so bad into a bigger house which I understand completely but what would happen to us if he lost his job tomorrow. Now we would have a bigger mortgage payment with just my income coming in.

3: +We would lose everything that we are trying to work hard for. For the time being we are just going to stay where we are. I think so many families are doing the same thing. Selling their big homes and moving into neighborhoods that are less expensive to live in. To conclude, to solve poverty would be that people need to really live within their means. The President needs to find a ways to create more jobs for the American people so they can get on their feet again. I think laws need to be put into place so that these mortgage companies can’t take advantage of the American people anymore. There needs to be more food programs so that families are not going hungry. I think there are many things we can do but it just going to take some time to fix what has been an ongoing problem. The sociological perspective that I identify poverty with is the interactionist view because I think people think just because people that are on welfare are lazy and don’t want to do anything to better themselves. This is not true for everyone’s case because we don’t know how they story behind how they have to live in poverty we just judge them for being on welfare.

4: Empty Fridge Ann Thomas Corbis Image

5: Close up teenager w/empty pockets Corbis Image

6: Two boys4-7 sleeping in slum area Corbis Image

7: Boy playing in Bedford in the Ghetto Bob Anderson 1962 Corbis Image

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