Eviction Book Report
TheEvicted book discusses social inequality in the U.S. and the wayproperty owners discriminate tenants on in regards to ethnicbackground (Desmond 20). The book reflects that the fates of familiesare on the mercies of proprietors. The property owners were Sherrenawho was an inner-city entrepreneur and Tobin that owned a trailerpark in Milwaukee. The book revealed such businesspersons loved sometenants and hated others because they focused on racial orientation.In regards to the Wire, Season One focused on the people favoring thelaw and individuals that dealt with drugs. The episodes featuredvarious characters such Thomas Herc, and Ellis that were reassignedto narcotic unit. Again, people like Hassan Johnson and some membersof Barksdale Organization played critical roles in homicides carriedunder the order of Avron. Besides, Hurst’s book examined socialinequality as well as its forms, causes, and consequences in theUnited States (Hurst, Heather and Anne 134). The paper, therefore,provides an elaborate report on the book while highlighting theauthor’s aims in every chapter, specific questions that theresearcher pursued and the discussion of data as well as researchfindings. It also connects the book to the publication of Hurst,Heather, and Anne as well as a manuscript referred to as the Wire.
TheAuthor’s Aim in Each Section
Inchapter one, the author focuses on rentals in the United States,especially the businesses of owning the city. In chapter two, thebook reflects on how tenants secure rent, and it is notable that aproperty owner known as Sherrena waived the security deposit of adisabled veteran (Desmond 61). Besides, chapter three and four aimedto discuss at the racial and ethnic segregation in Milwaukee City. Chapter purposed to determine the way Tobin’s lawyer recommendedten steps that Tobin could utilize to renew the license ((Desmond112).On the other hand, chapter five focuses on life inThirteenth Street and the ease of receiving State benefits.Furthermore, the author aimed at demonstrating how low-incomefamilies lived in substandard housing and areas that are prone toinsecurity (Desmond 132). Likewise, chapter seven and eight focuseson house sick people live in the United States and the way law courtshandle disadvantaged individuals (Desmond 201). Besides, chapter,nine, ten, eleven and twelve aimed at discussing the way tenantsinteracted with property owners and exploitation issues that theyfaced. Such elements included the orders that they carried out, thecontribution to labor pools, and disposable ties. What is more,chapter thirteen, fourteen, fifteen and sixteen purposed to discussthe issues of welfare inequality, high tolerance, the nuisance andpoor housing management (Desmond 280-291).
Hurst,Heather, and Anne connect to Eviction manuscript in that chapterthree, four, five and the sixth of the book examines economicinequality as well as social class and income or wealth difference.Besides, chapter seven determines sexual orientation, genderidentity, and the difference. Notably, the book reviews variationsassociated with being gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender (Hurst,Heather and Anne 156).In chapter eight, nine, ten, eleven andtwelve, the book discusses different theories that developexplanation on racial and ethical inequalities, for example,conservative, critical and radical hypotheses (Hurst, Heather andAnne 211). Such aspects have a vivid relationship with the Evictionbook, particularly concerning racial discrimination and housingproblems. In chapter seventeen, eighteen and nineteen, the bookdemonstrated the way poor people in the United States suffered fromthe cold weather after an eviction, and those with SSI benefits couldnot have $1,000 in their banks(Desmond 222). Besides, chapter twenty,twenty-one and twenty-two discussed the way the majority of UnitedStates citizens disliked Northside, and the great migration intourban ghettos of Chicago. The book also discussed the way mostapartments occupied by blacks were in despair. Lastly, chaptertwenty-three and twenty-four reflected on health care and housingfacilities in the U.S ghetto with the focus on Scott and Arleen whowere Blacks (Desmond 304).
TheSpecific Questions that the Author Pursue
Theauthor of Evicted book inquires why most of the low-income earners inthe city are not included in homeownership as well as public housingand the market of private residential (Desmond 25).Furthermore,chapter two questions the reason tenants utilize SupplementalSecurity Income (SSI) to pay their rent(Desmond 63). Moreover,chapter three inquired the housing discrimination protests inMilwaukee City (Desmond 76). In chapter four, the book questions theactions of Tobin to evict nuisance tenants and hire an independentmanagement company. However, chapter five inquires the way Landlordsdeal with tenants in a friendly way because of ethnic similarity,especially in the Thirteenth Street (Desmond 81-87).Chapterseven and eight questioned the perspective of tenants in regards pastevictions, criminal charges, and court cases. In chapter nine, ten,eleven and twelve, the book inquires how landlords gain from tenantsand jobless men, homeless prevention programs, and extended kinnetworks (Desmond 123). In chapter thirteen, fourteen, fifteen andsixteen, the book stated that most attorneys ruled against Blacks,and their apartments had a nuisance citation. Chapter seventeen,eighteen and nineteen questions the reason for tenants to evictpeople with children and pregnant women in the late 1940s (Desmond204). Likewise, Chapter twenty, twenty-one and twenty-two inquiredwhy most immigrants were blacks, and their families were lethargicand depressed (Desmond 217). Lastly, chapter twenty-three andtwenty-four investigated the health and housing struggle of Arleenand Scott due ethnic and family discrimination (Desmond 308).
Discussionof Data and Research Findings
Thebook reveals that Sherrena who was a property owner in the city gavePatrice Hinkston an eviction notice and the family had to move outfrom the residential place (Desmond 27). It is notable that a fifthof poor people in the United States miss utility payments, and theyrisk getting disconnection notice. Furthermore, it is notable that WEEnergies in Milwaukee undertake approximately 50,000 disconnectionsannually (Desmond 38). In chapter two, Lamar used $ 550 to cater forher rent and remained with $ 78 the settle a whole month expense(Desmond 56). The aspect revealed the unemployment rate inMilwaukee, which escalated to a double digit in 1980, and the blackhad a poverty rate of 28% (Desmond 89). In chapter four, the findingsrevealed that College Mobile Home Park vacancy was rated lower than4% (Desmond 92).
Thehigh demand for cheap housing made Tobin reduce his incentive and bestrict on late payment of rent. Moreover, chapter seven and eightrevealed that 90% of property owners have attorneys in housing courtswhile 90% of tenants do not have (Desmond 112). Worse still, womenof black neighborhoods comprise 9% of the entire Milwaukeeinhabitants, but they are 30% of dispossessed leaseholders (Desmond128). Furthermore, chapter nine, ten, eleven and twelve showed thatovercharging voucher holders make taxpayers in Milwaukee to loseadditional $3.6 million (Desmond 203). Likewise, in blackneighborhoods, one property had a nuisance citation in every sixteenof them, and the landlord evicted tenants due to domestic violence in83% cases (Desmond 209). In chapter seventeen, eighteen and nineteen,the book discussed rampant cases of housing discrimination onfamilies and children. According to the author, Arleen applied for82 apartments, but she did not receive any house because she had achild (Desmond 321).
Connectionof the Hurst’s book to Each Chapter of Eviction
Inrelation, to the chapter five of Hurst’s book, the majority ofcitizens of the United States believed that individuals have thefreedom to be self-reliant, self-restraint and be responsible fortheir lives. They, therefore, favor policies that advocate for workand give time limitations on welfare benefits. However, such policiesare always influenced by racial diversity and ethnic orientation(Hurst, Heather and Anne 48). It is noteworthy that most nationsstruggle with ethnicity and ethnic division, and notorious countriesinclude South Africa and India. Besides, Latino immigrants andAsian-Americans are also concerned about economic inequality in theUnited States based on the racial difference (Hurst, Heather and Anne212). In connection, chapter four of the Evicted bookdemonstrates the way Sherrena loaned Arleen $320 and believed thatshe could get assistance from family members while evicting adisabled veteran because of their ethnic difference (Desmond 97). Thefinding depicted racial discrimination in regards to housing andpenalty imposed on those who cannot pay their rent. Moreover,chapter five of the Evicted book showed the way property ownerstreated tenants in cases where inspector issue repair order in blackneighborhoods. The book demonstrated that property owners preferredeviction to repairing their houses because it is cheap. In contrast,a Pew survey in 2014 revealed that 65% of United States citizensbelieve that people can attain what they want through hard work(Hurst, Heather and Anne 367). Moreover, the same percentage ofpeople argues that their financial status will increase in the comingyear due to their effort. Interestingly, 57% of individuals in theStates do not believe that forces beyond the control of a person(Hurst, Heather and Anne 368) determine success.
Connectionof the Wire to each Chapter of Eviction
TheWire relates to chapter five of Eviction because it talks aboutracial discrimination and the relationship between the blackAmericans and cops in the U.S. Precisely, the Wire aimed at socialprecision in different elements of Baltimore. For example, a youngcop called Ronald Pryzbylewski turned to be a schoolteacher, and mostkids yelled at him. Besides, one student known as Dukie came from afamily where all adults were drug addicts. In another season, theWire depicted the way contemporary Americans suffered at the hand ofthe capitalist in the United States (Hurst, Heather and Anne 212). Inconnection, chapter twenty, twenty-one and twenty-two of the Evictedbook demonstrated that the United States policies refrained blackfamilies from land ownership, and most of them used food stamp as theonly source of survival (Desmond 305). Lastly, chapter twenty-threeand twenty-four estimated treatment costs of poor people in theUnited States at approximately $4,700, and in some areas, the countydropped the bill to $35 (Desmond 310). Furthermore, most low-incomeearners depend on relatives and friends to survive as opposed togovernment policies and incentives.
Inone scenario of the Wire, Jimmy MCNutty who was a homicide detectiveobserved a murder trial of D’Angelo Barksdale who was a drugdealer at mid-level. In such case, the prosecutors recanttestimonies of most witness and that was because a notorious drugdealer known as Stringer Bell had manipulated the proceedings.Moreover, the court acquitted D’Angelo and he returned to continuewith his duties in a drug dealing organization known as Barksdale.The scenes in the Wire, relates to chapter 14 of the evicted book,which is called high tolerance. In such case, Scott realized thatthere was an apartment containing narcotics. In another episode,Herc, Carver and Syndro used information from wiretrap detectives andcaught a person with re-supply of drugs to a house known as the pit.In such incidence, Avon got worried about possible snitch whileStringer cautioned his people to refrain from using payphones.Besides, the Movie also revealed an episode known as dope on the dawntable. In such case, Daniel got orders to raid the activities ofBarksdale. However, he engages in a raids and arrests in variousparts of the city to appease the desire of the commissioners. In anepisode known as “all in the game”, Daniels and McNulty had theevidence of political corruption but they refrained from handing itover to FBI. The had enough information to arrest Avon and Stringerbut they decided to leave them. That gave the drug dealer’s illegala chance to continue with their business.
Moreover,chapter 9 relates to the episode of the Wire because it demonstrateshow rich people exploit low-income society. It reveals the wayproperty owners have connection cops and different court officials.That helps them to manipulate proceedings and evict tenants withoutfocusing on regulations.
Insummary, chapter 12 of Evicted book highly connects with Hurst’sbook and the Wire Season One. It notes that Crystal Mayberry went toSherrena’s rental houses on the 13th St. Crystal. He permittedArleen and his young boys to leave together in the apartment untilthe time they could find a place to move. The book showed thatdestitute families depended on the next of kin from the 1960s and1970s in the United States. However, social services agenciesstarted to reduce kin dependence through policies that limit fundsavailable for individuals that live with relatives. However, inMilwaukee, most low-income families leave through the acquaintance offamilies rather than strangers. The subject relates to socialinequality in Hurst’s book where the most neglected race is theblacks. Furthermore, Season One of the Wire depicted that some peoplein the United States get rich through drug trafficking as opposed tohard work and determination.
Itis notable that dependence on technical data to determine theperspectives of the United States in regards to social mobility,status attainment, and inequality is biased. The reason is that suchviews neglect historical, cultural and institutional concepts of thenation (Hurst, Heather and Anne 340). In the Wire, two commandingofficers oversaw an investigation concerning drug trafficking, butthey mostly focused on politics and personal career as opposed to thecase. In relation, Desmond’s book demonstrated the way. Propertyowners mistreated tenants from different races. It also aimed atbettering their businesses of housing rather than following the lawwhich advocates for the rights of tenants.
Ilearned that the law in the States is dynamic and there is no clearruling on some fundamental issues within a society, for example,discrimination of sexual orientation. On the other hand, communitieswithin the U.S are comprised people from different ethnic groups andracial orientation. In Evicted book, I noticed that the policies andlaw served people in the high social class while neglecting the poorand depicting them as lazy. Season 1 of the Wire also revealed thatthe law aimed at protecting rich people who were involved in drugdealing as opposed to the entire society. Lastly, Desmond’s bookstated that the law reflected social segregation and most copsconsidered black neighborhoods as a nuisance. I, therefore, recommendthat the federal government of the United States and other governingauthorities should consider societal, cultural and institutionalfactors before coming up with policies and regulations.
Desmond,Matthew. Evicted:Poverty and profit in the American city.Broadway Books, 2016.
Hurst,Charles E., Heather M. Fitz Gibbon, and Anne M. Nurse. Socialinequality: Forms, causes, and consequences.Routledge, 2016.
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