Montie

Montie

Theme: Hopelessness

This was taken at 28th and Chestnut. This is hopelessness because on that corner is a liquor store. Which is inevitable to tear down the community. So you would look at it as if the liquor store is the heart of this corner which is followed by all the surrounding activities. People are tearing down each other, and themselves. Drugs run rampant on this corner. It speaks to racism too the corner is thriving with a lot of illegal activity that goes on and no one does anything to stop it. The city has enough money to clean it up. But you know, they are doing everything 9th street and above. They don’t want the Blacks past 9th street. It is what it is, though. I feel like the people in that area do not have pride in their area. You can’t help somebody who won’t help themself. So, in turn, it looks like they just gave up on their neighborhood, including the people who live and grew up in the neighborhood. it isn’t going to turn around until the people who live there care.  Because if they don’t care, what is going to make someone put some money into it? I went to that corner in ‘93 and ‘94 and it is 2016 and the same things are going on. It is 30 years later and people are still sitting on that corner. You just sit on that corner and just see. It’s all in your face. They might as well have on t-shirts that say, “Hey, I’m a drug addict. Hey, I’m a drug dealer.” You know what I mean?