Have you walked by a street, and seen someone holding a sign that said will work for food, and you just close your eyes, or roll them and keep walking, face it we all did it sometimes, and we think of these jokes who run out, and buy beer, or drugs. And yes there are those who do that, but new laws in Florida, where if you are homeless, it is against the law to sleep on the street, or in Indiana, where Greg Ballard, is trying to make panhandling against the law, you have seen a full on assault on homeless people in this country. We are trying to treat homeless people like they are complete dirt, and i know it has a lot to do with how we look at homeless people, dirty, lazy, dumb people who made bad decisions, and while on some of the homeless people that is true, there are lots of homeless people who have been thrown out of their house, lost their job, fallen on hard times, lost their only means of income, so for anyone to just want to look down on someone for being homeless, try putting yourself in their position, and you never know, it maybe you in their position.
I have been homeless for 3 months now, and i have seen how homeless people are, they are dads, moms, sisters, brothers, they have jobs, work hard, and are good people, so this idea of the homeless being just lazy bums who use drugs, and do not work is just a myth created by the media, so we can keep on pretending that we have a perfect society, and there is nothing wrong with america, and our form of capitalism. In this blog i am gonna examine, how the homeless get treated, and how laws are making it harder just to be homeless.
From the national coalition for the homeless:
Hate Crimes & Violence Against Homeless People Increasing
Washington D.C. – For the past six years (1999-2004), the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) has tracked and reported on a disturbing increase in crimes targeting homeless people. These violent attacks on homeless people, one of our most vulnerable populations, result in injury and in many cases death.
The well-documented affordable housing crisis is not the only crisis to affect the millions of people who are homeless every year. There is also an increasing pattern of civil rights abuses and violence directed at the homeless population. Homelessness is no longer simply an issue of the right to affordable housing but a matter of life and death. As the danger of living without a home increases, the lack of federal housing resources as well as the absence of the political will to end homelessness becomes increasingly more shameful.
In October of 2004, three Milwaukee teens murdered a homeless man at his forest campsite. The teens hit 49-year-old Rex Baum, with rocks, a flashlight, and a pipe, before smearing feces on his face and covering his body with leaves and plastic.
In August of 2004, Curtis Gordon Adams, 33, beat and stabbed a disabled homeless man to death and then licked the blood from his fingers on a Denver sidewalk.
More recently, on May 28th 2005, in Holly Hill, Florida, 53-year-old Michael Roberts was beaten and punched to death with sticks and logs by a group of teenagers who admitted to beating the man just for fun, to have something to do. The autopsy report indicates that Roberts died of blunt-force trauma to the head and body, his ribs were broken, his skull was fractured, and his legs were badly injured. Defensive wounds were found on his hands. The boys returned several times to make sure the job was done.
This type of hate, and violence has been taught to these people, the part that really bothers me is a lot of people who attack the homeless are either poor, or barely middle class. So this is a disturbing trend to be sure, and it is sad that there are lots of parents who teach their children to hate, especially those who are less fortunate. This is why our society is so messed up, when did we stop feeling for those who have fallen on hard times? And look at the number of hate crimes committed against homeless people.
During the past 13 years, the National Coalition for the Homeless recorded 1,289 incidents of what it characterizes as hate crimes against the homeless. These crimes were committed by people who were not homeless themselves. In 2011, there were 105 attacks that resulted in 32 deaths, and the study found that violent acts are becoming more lethal over time. Nonfatal attacks include rape and beatings. Many violent acts against homeless populations go unreported, so the true number of incidents is likely to be much higher.
Higher? This is too many hate crimes, against the homeless, and like the article said, people do not view homeless people as humans, we brag about our christian values, yet we treat the people who Jesus wanted us to protect like sub human garbage. I also think this has to do with economic philosophy, we are taught that capitalism breeds prosperity, yet how can it exist if capitalism is what breeds prosperity? That cannot be true, it is the homeless person’s fault (And i know some homeless people do bring it on themselves) they are lazy bums who want to leech off of hard working Americans, they do not take responsibility, it cannot be capitalism, capitalism rewards hard work, not punishes it. So there are a lot of things involved, like i think how there has been some bad experiences with homeless people, or got duped by a homeless person into giving money only to see these people blow it on booze, and drugs, But that is no reason to think that of all homeless people, and to have people look at them like sub human scum.
I just think about how we treat homeless people, all of us, we all just look down on those who have fallen on hard times, maybe we are scared that will be us one day. is that where we get our low opinions of minorities from? That they are more in poverty, and at a higher risk of homelessness, I will post a link showing who is homeless the most. According to race.
From city limits:
Homelessness is primarily a poverty issue. In 2010, nearly one-quarter (23.3 percent) of black families lived in poverty, three times the rate of white families (7.1 percent).
But there is more to it than that. Understanding why blacks are overrepresented in homeless shelters requires an examination of the longstanding and interrelated social and structural issues facing the black community. Throughout U.S. history, housing discrimination has been ever-present, both in the form of official government policies and societal attitudes. Federal policies that reduced the stock of affordable housing through urban renewal projects displaced a disproportionate number of poor blacks living concentrated in cities to other substandard urban neighborhoods.
I wonder if this has anything to do with why some white people look so down on blacks? It might, but what people forget is our economic, and educational systems are favoring rich whites, and poor people get the shaft, it just so happens that blacks are the majority of the poor, and people in poverty. And by propaganda perpetuated by rich people, for middle class people to look at poor people as the enemy, that poor people choose to be poor, and that they are just leeching off of those hard working “job creators” But in reality our gov, has written laws to favor those with the money to buy them. That may have something to do with all of the hated middle class people spew at the poor, and homeless. It is a perfect weapon, you see homeless people commit crimes like stealing drug use, and the rich promote this as why they are poor, but what you do not know is people are in poverty because of the policies enacted by these rich people who buy the gov to enforce these laws, that they know will hurt poor people. It is a silly cycle, and i hope it breaks one day.
In the end homelessness is not gonna end by ignoring it, the problem will not go away by passing laws that outlaw homeless people from sleeping on the street, or from homeless people shaking a cup, or having cops chase them out of places you can see them, homelessness will be around, as long as the policies of the few will bring a lot of people down.
I think of the hate, and fear that is directed at the homeless, and it just makes me want to cry, i think people just think deep down that if people do not succeed, it is because of their own doing, not because someone rigged the system, i understand that, but if the system is rigged, which it is, to favor those at the top, then why blame the most vulnerable? They are not in a position to do anything, they cannot help their situation most of the time, some can, and they will pay for their ignorant behavior, but they should not be held down, i want them to get back on their feet, but what can we do to stop this hatred? Maybe start by teaching our kids to help, not fear, and hate those who have fallen on hard times, to not judge people based on how their economic status is, and to teach our children, it could be us one day. It will take a lot of teaching, but i hope one day we can move forward with not treating the poorest people in our society like trash, and treat them for what they are, human beings.