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These two I imagine could tell a long tale if they would perhaps they would be glad to if they could having watching so many for so long struggling in the fishhooks the barbed wire of this avenue Baldwin 50 James Baldwin in Fifth Avenue Uptown tells his story on the 131st street he explains the people that do avoid the bad influence still work for the white man they are the people that are still working to survive for there every day lives Why do people continue to live in Harlem In spite of all the negative influences people continue to live in Harlem because they cannot find a way outThe housing project on 131st street north known as the turf is where Baldwin grew up He knew everything from soda pop joints shoe shiners to grocery stores Baldwin states Farther down the block stands the shoe repair store which our shoes were repaired until reparations became impossible and in which then we bought our new onesBaldwin 50 Families could not buy shoes until the ones they were wearing wore out Living in Harlem people didnt have money for food the grocery store would give them credit for their family to eat Living in Harlem was not the easiest families had to browbeat the landlord into fixing Baldwin states Such frustration so long endure is driving many strong admirable men and women whose only crime is color to the very gates of paranoia Baldwin All along the streets there were people that watched him grow up people who grow up with him people he watched grew up along with his brothers and sisters and sometimes in his arms sometimes underfoot sometimes at his shoulders or on it their children Baldwin says Turning to his left walking along 145th street for familiar as it is and similar does not have the same impact because I do not know any other people
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