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Essay on Barriers of Color, Prejudice and Stress in There Are No Children Here

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Barriers of Color, Prejudice and Stress in There Are No Children Here  The barriers of colour, in addition to bias and anxiety show through in this story of 2 young boys growing up in inner city Chicago. Confined to the project home the brothers and their loved ones are well aware of their own "caste" in society. The story follows the events of the Rivers family living in the Henry Horner Homes (near the United Center in Chicago). Over the course of about three years, the author describes the day to day experiences of the family, focusing on the two boys. Pharoah and Lafeyette Rivers are surrounded by what appears to be a prison of doom and despair. Faced with the unrelenting fact of ghetto living, the 2 boys always appear to hold on to some spark of hope. Their environment is somewhat standard for project housing. Something in apartment is always broken (the faucet in the bathtub couldn't be turned off; the constant sound of running water slowly draining soon blended into the background), the little space that they did have was over crowed by family members that floated through with their own kids and friends. The safest playground was the hallway, the spacious playground was missing parts of playground equipment, and was always blanketed with the threats of gangs, drugs, and gun play. When the children who opted to go to the playground, they did not fall on pavement, but rather blacktop paved with broken glass. Nearby was the United Center-a beacon for kids who seemed for a means out of the projects. Hoping to get a glimpse of team members, the kids entertainment did not come from going to see the game, but instead from waiting to find the Bulls. The story chronicles the family's lives, the ups and many dow...

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