Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Poor Black Children

This picture was taken in 1936 and shows poor black children in Mississippi in the midst of the Great Depression. Sometimes I wonder if these people had is worse, or people today living in inner city slums. The children were probably born around 1930, so they well could still be alive today. You really wish you could hear their story, and know how things turned out for them.

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  1. I wonder if rural blacks like these were affected all that much by the depression? They were dirt poor, living hand to mouth, before the depression.
    They were probably better off than the ones that had moved to the cities for work.

    Comparing then and now is apples and Girl Scout Cookies. Whole different worlds.

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  2. The expression on their faces says more than a thousand words.

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  3. It's obvious that they are persons of color, but how do you know that they are "poor"?

    In your mind, are all "black" people also POOR? If so, you my friend are a RACIST and you should be ashamed of yourself.

    Not all black people are poor!

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  4. Anonymous, are you looking for a reason to be offended. No one is a racist here. And it doesn't take a genius to see that these children are poor - dirt poor. The little girl's dress is torn and thread-bare. Race is not an issue here.

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  5. This is a fantastic photo, its very 'human' if you know what I mean. There's raw emotion and a story to be told in every crevice of this photo

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  6. To have been born around 1930 the photo would be of children 6 years old. The individuals appear to be older. Not a big deal.

    I wonder where this picture was taken, and the circumstances surrounding the photographing.

    The kids do not appear to be malnourished, nor overfed. The girls in both the foreground and background have no shoes. The socioeconomic status of blacks in the 1930s was generally very low.

    Great picture.

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  7. I think we all have a preconceived notion of what "poor" consisted of. These children don't look malnourished, but they may have been poorly educated or ill clothed. Like many during the early 20th century, they likely grew their own produce - many people had gardens as a matter of course. (We are so dependent on processed and imported foods these days!) Poor is just a label that we use to designate that someone wasn't as privileged as someone else. A few weeks ago there was a picture of some "poor white kids" who looked equally healthy.

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  8. Hey Anonymous, do everone a favor and shut the ---- up. Take a look at the setting. The kids aren't on the porch of a mansion, moron.

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  9. I dare say that they were much better off than present day inner city kids. They most assuredly had an intact family with married parents and were taught right from wrong.

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