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Jonathan Kozols Amazing Grace The Trials and Tribulations of Everyday Life Jonathan Kozol creates a hauntingly vivid portrait of the South Bronx neighborhood of Mott Haven in his 1995 bestseller Amazing Grace The Trials and Tribulations of Everyday Life The shocking truth of Americans living in abject third-world conditions in the same time zone as myself was incomprehensible Kozols descriptions of crippling poverty lethal pollution and almost non-existent health care bring to mind places half a world away such as Somalia or Kosovo not a 20 minute subway ride from Wall Street Amazing Grace is far more than a travelogue of the poorest Congressional District in the United States of America as such a book would be of little significance due to our collective ability to tune out such scenes in our own backyards Instead of merely observing Kozol takes to the streets to introduce us to the faceless and forgotten and transmits voices that may otherwise never be heard Statistics and stereotypes became an eight year old boy named Bernardo who plummeted to his death in the shaft of a faulty elevator uninspected due to budget cutbacks and inspectors who are afraid to enter the public housing where Bernardo lived The city of New York blamed the family for letting him play in the hall as if it were a capital offense This child described as serious and who scored an 85 on his last test- in mathematicsp105was discovered when his blood dripping through the ceiling couldnt be mistaken for the usual elevator grease He was raised by his 19 year old aunt and grandmother both of whom were devout Catholics as was Bernardo Contrary to popular opinion religion and family play a huge role in the lives of Mott Havens residents Bernardos aunt tells Kozol that prayer and the acceptance of Gods will her only consolation a sentiment which echoed throughout the book Even the drug dealers in Childrens Park give up
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