I began photographing An American Dilemma, Revisited in 2014 in Ferguson, and I don’t think that the situation has gotten any better since then. America’s cities continue to be violent, and too often you see news of another black person killed by the police. Recently, more light has been shed on the situation, which hopefully will have an effect in the long run, but there is still so much to be done. Systematic inequality and its effects throughout America’s cities is not just a simple problem that can be solved overnight.
I talked to a priest in Camden, New Jersey, about the violence in his neighbourhood and he simply told me, “Hurt people hurt people.” There are deeply rooted psychosocial issues that come from living in a constant cycle of violence and fear, and the help for those suffering just does not seem to be there. Without that help, the system just repeats itself. We need to start thinking on a much deeper level and begin to understand the root causes of inequality that spur violence in America’s cities.