The political commentator who fancies himself America’s Pinata recently criticized a number of Obama nominees because they didn’t credit public programs as having any influence in their successes.
Instead they acknowledged such things as parental support, mentors, and teachers. Mr. Pinata should have the common sense to know that most of us would credit the people in our lives before a nameless government program. Whatever.
Because of the recent Sotomayor nomination, Lizette Alvarez and Michael Wilson interviewed a number of high profile ‘graduates’ of the Projects in NY City for a recent article in the NY Times. In addition to (obviously) Sonia Sotomayor, can you say Jay Z., Howard Schultz (Starbucks), Lloyd C. Blankfein (Goldman Sachs), Whoopi Goldberg, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wesley Snipes, and the list goes on.
What’s more important are the thousands of ‘graduates’ (not famous) we never hear about who are also doing just fine.
Although I didn’t grow up in the Projects I did grow up in the Bronx, and all kids pretty much played the same games in the streets. It was a kick to read about what I played as a kid: stickball, stoopball, one wall handball, tag and ringolevio. I’ve never even seen ‘ringolevio‘ written; that alone was worth the price of admission! Blast from the past. And if you can’t remember how to play, here’s your wikipedia link.