Monday, October 3, 2016
Class Divide - A Story of Two Children from Chelsea
Tonight there's a program on HBO that tells the tale of two children from Chelsea. http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/class-divide/synopsis/about.html One is wealthy and one is poor. Chelsea is an interesting neighborhood that I'm well acquainted with. I have a friend that still runs a soup kitchen there. I know of few places in the world where you will can see the destitute and billionaires living side by side in the same neighborhood. Back in the 80s, it had one of the highest AIDS and HIV rates in the world. The Highline was boarded up; you could just stroll in and have the entire place to yourself. Big apartments were relatively cheap and the ever present housing projects were there for those poor and those lucky(?) enough to get in. Jump ahead 27 years and Chelsea is upscale, hip and beautiful. The Highline is packed around the clock. Luxury buildings abound, but the projects are still there - as are the poor. How do the poor fare in such an environment? Are there equal opportunities for children? I imagine that there is not. We live in a capitalistic society. It will be interesting to see if this program touts for profit charter and private schools as the answer for poor children. Or will it say improve public schools for rich and poor? Check it out tonight at eight. Happy Rosh Hashanah.