Beyond anger and pity : a compassionate look at hunger, by Lester Sumrall

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A man takes shelter from the wind that sweeps Fifth Avenue in New York by sleeping beneath the outstretched arms of Jesus on the bronze doors of St. Patrick's Cathedral. He is told to move. I wonder if that is not a picture of what the Church in America is doing. Perhaps you are thinking that you, as an individual, can't make a difference. Never underestimate the power of one. One plus God is a majority. God isn't asking us to surrender the enjoyments we have in our lives for perpetual feelings of guilt.

They take some of our taxes for their food and concentrated formula, their clothing, and their hurried clinic visits and their miserable shelter. "1 He observes that we pity them by putting them in a warehouse, but then we don't mark the buildings so that they attract attention. The plight of the hungry and homeless in this nation is a national disgrace. We have people in this nation who die daily from the effects of malnutrition. On the Trash Heap in America Hunger in a bountiful land. It seems utterly impossible.

They tell of watching people at emergency food centers. "It looks like the lines of people you see trying to get food in Poland," observed one staff worker. "2 Workers at food distribution centers tell of seeing hungry people line up at three-thirty in the afternoon on winter days for a meal that won't be served until five. They walk two or three miles to get there. "3 The woman named Rachel, whom Jonathan Kozol interviewed at length, cried out, "My children, they be treated like chess pieces. They're not thinking about people starvin' here in the United States.

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