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Dark Ecology: Race, Gender & the Environment

English 252 @ Hunter College

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A Whisper of AIDS

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Geovanni Hyman: City Boy

The life of an inner city child is confined to the limitations of the street corner. The boundaries between the streets up ahead are seen as miles apart. It is not until the inner city child questions the confines of the usual, and has no other option than to cross the street. Usually, the path inner city kids take are beyond the apartment complex’s, corner stores, and the near by park. Our destination always leads to Manhattan. What does Manhattan have that attracts us inner city kids? It’s the culture of evolution. No matter how many times you visit Manhattan, there is always a place you have never seen. Everything is always under construction, nothing remains the same. In the inner cities, things stay the same forever. The people move within their own confines, and rarely break out. Stores stand tall, but crumble inside.

With this in mind, I can say that I am still like those inner city kids. I still have not discovered what is out there, and I am still stuck in my confines. The effects of branching out, and splitting the self from what is common is constantly reinforced at home. But how does a person get there? Do you just suck it up and do it? The questions leading to change are never easy to answer. The approach is always unexpected, life is unexpected. But the city is not where the unexpected occurs.

So why do inner city kids seeks freedom in a place like Manhattan, where nothing remains the same? I believe it has to do with a heavily discussed topic in our course, and that is the need to feel secure. As a class we tackled this theme in multiple texts, such as, “The Last Man”, “Rappaccini’s Daughter”, and “The Tempest.” The emphasis on associating ourselves with a metropolis, allows us to forget our burdens, as the metropolis never remains the same. The endless evolving of the life around us allows us inner city kids to be a product of our environment. The limitations inner city kids saw at the street corner no longer needs to be crossed, since the world around them does the moving for them.

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