I stepped outside my apartment today and stumbled upon the 12th Annual Harlem Book Fair only a few blocks away. Tents lined 135th Street with book sellers and authors hawking their words and prose. It was not surprising that most of the books catered to the population in Harlem – Urban fiction, Black Literature and books on social justice dominated the tables. I wandered past the AK Press booth and picked up a copy of Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen by David Hilfiker, MD (Seven Stories Press). Hilfiker presents a history of the social structures that created ghettos and keep African Americans from rising out of poverty. His experience comes from practicing as a physician in a medical recovery shelter for homeless men in Washington, DC and cofounding a community and hospice center for formerly homeless men dying of AIDS.
I chose this book because it expresses the mission of this blog: Create an argument for social equality to promote the health and wellbeing for those affected by injustice. Future posts will analyze chapters from this book and comment on my own experiences and opinions.