“If incarceration had come to define the lives of men from impoverished black neighborhoods, eviction was shaping the lives of women. Poor black men were locked up. Poor black women were locked out.”
EVICTED: Poverty & Profit in the American City
Although this explosive book hit the streets, so-to-speak, six weeks ago, I am just now posting it on this site. I quickly ordered the book from Amazon after reading a few reviews – but not before contacting the author to arrange to meet during his next visit to L.A.
As described in a New York Times review by Barbara Ehrenrich (In ‘Evicted,’ Home Is an Elusive Goal for America’s Poor, FEB. 26, 2016), eviction itself provides the dramatic punctuation in Desmond’s story. If a family’s income after rent is in the two-digit zone, there’s a powerful temptation to skip a month’s rent to buy groceries or pay a utility bill to keep the heat on.