In the largest, creaky-est, most beautiful Victorian house on the block of a suburb of Detroit, resides the most beautiful Puerto-Rican, Filipina, Japanese, and White family. Each member of the family locks themselves in their own room. The silence and loneliness in a house that is a home to 9 people is unnatural- frightening even.
As terrifying as being on the outside looking in is, being on the inside wanting out is worse.
Needing to feed my face and pay the rent, I had taken a low paying job at the old Crocker Bank and after five years was making only around four dollars an hour doing office work. Having come to the point of overdrawing my checking account, I asked a bank officer if she would advance me twenty dollars until pay day. How many others have asked that question?
Poor people led research and pro-active media deconstructing the lies told about criminalized and mythologized communities.