Documentary Galleries: Third World America
This project covers an array of social and ethnic borders; the black families of the Mississippi Delta who live in the first town started after slavery was abolished; the struggles of a single woman raising three children on the minimum wage while working at Wendy’s in Ohio; the food bank in Appalachia where 800 cars a day line up for groceries; a mother who just slit her wrists because she can’t buy food and shoes for her children; migrant workers who live in Texas and raise children in this country so they can have a better life as American citizens; Indians on a Navaho reservation who instill a cultural sense of pride to their children in the native powwows, yet have no running water or electricity in their basic hogans.
The face of poverty in this country is not the rail thin visage as in developing countries, but due to such a poor innutritious diet, obesity is a ubiquitous problem. Children’s health is so affected that diabetes is prevalent, and many are overweight with severe psychological problems, some are even suicidal. With the cost of living out weighing the average income, many families across America are just one pay check away from being on the edge, especially when it comes to healthcare issues.