After a tour of the levies, the parish, the poor broken down neighborhoods, and the beautiful rich white neighborhood, you can clearly see the boundaries. It is very obvious that there in no connection or relationship between the white people and the people of color. My first night here on my way to the blair grocery I was shown the destruction that really happened. Between roofs that have fallen in, the holes in the side of homes, and walls of houses being held up by sticks it immediately takes a toll on your emotions. Compost the first day was a small part of our day, but instead of working all day we took this tour to get a bigger picture of the destruction. The poorly build levies to the near extinction of the cypress trees. From the destroyed and broken down homes to kids running around with guns. It all just feels like your emotions are being strangled. As for the kids at the Blair school, to say there is no future for them is like saying there is no future for the 9th ward of new Orleans. Simply because the children are the future, if they happen to become addicts as we’ve heard most of their parents are, then it just starts a viscous cycle. I believe that no matter how little they learn everyday, it doesn’t matter if they don’t graduate or don’t get GEDs because learning anything is a step forward from yesterday. The Blair grocery has made an impression on the community, regardless good or bad, they know what they want to do and they usually know how to attack the problems of the lower ninth ward. From composting on someones lot to help them keep it, to bringing an old woman mrs.Mary to see her husband at the hospital
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