ROOTS: BLACK GHETTO ECOLOGY: free, 8½” x 5½”, copied, 17 pgs.

Sep 19, 2013

This is a great socio-economic commentary written in 1986 by Wilmette Brown. This zine has a lot of footnote references and clearly outlines the difference between poor versus poverty and while most people considered “poor” are white, the majority of those living in “poverty” are black, and that cancer rates and health issues tend to be more concentrated in areas labeled as black ghettos. While the poor getting screwed out of healthcare treatment is unfortunately nothing new, this goes into detail about how bad it really is. Most people who don’t live in poverty can’t truly understand how difficult it really is. While I don’t agree with some of what the author has to say altogether, this is a great dive into the relation of race (and even gender) to economic status and the worth placed on one’s life. –James Meier (Housewives In Dialogue, PO Box 11795, Philadelphia, PA19101)