Modern Systemic Inequality

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The Wire: A Look Into Modern Systemic Inequality
Michael Tacconi
University of Phoenix

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Poor, urban, black neighborhoods have suffered the effects of high unemployment, poor education, high crime rates, and rampant drug abuse for a long time. While a chunk of society is aware of the issues members of these communities face, there are people that are unaware of the circumstances and might possibly have negative assumptions of the predominantly black inhabitants. The Wire, a critically acclaimed series on the HBO network, looks to educate the uninformed to the harsh realities of living in an environment that has been largely mistreated. Set in present day Baltimore, The Wire accurately portrays the housing projects of the inner city and uphill battle people are born into. The Wire examines how the interrelation between minimal job opportunities, urban governmental politics, the underfunded school systems, and social disregard creates a concentrated disadvantage for the urban poor. This can create a feeling of hopelessness that leads to drug use, criminal activity, and high rates of incarceration.

Public education is meant to be the “great equalizer” and the cornerstone of the American dream. The best way to provide a good life for your family is to get a good education, use that to maximize your earning potential, and encourage your children to do the same. Unfortunately, this proves to be more difficult to achieve for disadvantaged youth. Schools in the United States are largely funded through local property taxes, and occasional alumni…...

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