Apr 16 2012

More Than Meets the Eye – Reflections on Chin

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Elizabeth Chin’s work in Purchasing Power: Black Kids and American Consumer Culture showed the many faces of young, black America. I get so angry when today’s young people are stereotyped. In my experience, most teens today are not the stupid, lazy, disrespectful mooches that popular opinion perpetuates. Chin’s diligent efforts show that many poor, black youth are well aware of the “cost of poverty”. This was a touching book. I especially liked the story of Davy, who chose the walkie-talkies over the action figures because he knew he’d have more fun sharing the walkie-talkies with his little brother. Stories like this one and many others from this book reiterate my belief that people are inherently good and children are no different.

– Sara

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