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Main South Mural

The mural asks, “Why should some have enough while others do not,” a good question on the northern border of the neighborhood of Main South. This was the neighborhood that I was warned about when I was first given a tour of Worcester. It didn’t look any scarier to me than many of the neighborhoods that I knew from Chicago, and even a quick look at Worcester’s crime statistics suggest that Worcester is much, much safer, even when adjusted for population. But when people from either side of the tracks do not venture over the tracks, whether through fear or lack of opportunity, the other side looks scarier than it really is. The people become less human and more stereotyped. Any answer to the question posed by the mural can be complicated and nuanced, but surely part of the answer lies in the way we see the “other” as less than human. And then justice becomes easy to pass over. This is my first photo from Main South, out of over 150. I’m guilty, too.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted June 7, 2006 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic entry and right on! Dehumanizing the “other” allows us to skip over our responsibilites, and remain in our own selfish incubators of happiness and contentment.

  2. Carole
    Posted June 7, 2006 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    We were warned away from Main South when we first moved here…which is strange because the church that hired my dad identified themselves as an ‘inner city church.’

    Kind of reminds me of Dr. Seuss’ “Star Bellied Sneetches”

  3. Posted June 7, 2006 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    There are an amazing number of churches in various states of disrepair as you travel down Main Street. I can only guess about the incredibly hard work that must go on there. Makes me wonder about the effort that churches which are not in the “inner city” place upon keeping their building looking nice, forgetting about the people in the community.