Just how would you react if you saw this within your own community in your town?
Primetime: Hurting the Homeless (Embedding Got Disabled)
How is the value of a homeless individual any less than that of an average citizen?
Would you intercede on behalf of these individuals or would you walk away?
People it would seem have no conscience sometimes when it comes to homeless people.
Some see them as trash, as violent, as less than human, and sometimes mentally ill.
I do not see homeless people as trash, nor less than human, but some are mentally ill.
I say this having been a former Security Officer who would have to deal with people just like this, coming into the hospital I used to work at, where
other Security Officer's did in fact treat homeless people as less than human, because of their station in life, or because they smelled, or were
mentally ill, the reason for them being in our hospital to begin with.
Under the Baker Act
Partial quote from : Florida Mental Health Act
The Florida Mental Health Act of 1971 (commonly known as the "Baker Act") is a Florida statute allowing for involuntary examination of an
It was originally enacted, at least in part, because of widespread instances of elder abuse, in which one or more family members would have another
family member committed in order to gain control over their estate prior to their death.
Once committed, it was difficult for many of the patients to obtain representation, and they became warehoused until their death.
Having been around the block, myself, having eaten at the local Soup Kitchen, at the age of 18, now currently living out of my car, at the age of 37
due to the economy, this video just pisses me off.
Do people just see the homeless as human detritus not worth anything?
While delivering pizzas for 15 years and dealing with customers I avoided the homeless.
Not because of their smell, or being mentally ill, but because of seeing the constant cons.
When you come out of the store you work in and are constantly asked for money repeatedly, it is irritating, to say the least, especially when you see
someone use that money for booze.
The illegal kind.
And I have to remember my safety through proximity regardless of who is who on the street.
But I did not go out of my way to harm anyone and I would step into this situation and get in these people's faces, because I still see the homeless
as human beings who deserve humane treatment.
Are people really this inhuman to homeless people because of their perceptions?
I recommend to you a worthy book about the fears of society :
The Science of Fear:
Why We Fear the Things We Shouldn't--and Put Ourselves in Greater Danger
Publisher's Weekly : Amazon Review :
Gardner, a columnist and senior writer for the Ottawa Citizen, is both matter-of-fact and entertaining in this look at fear and how it shapes our
Although we are capable of reason, says Gardner, we often rely instead on intuitive snap judgments.
We also assume instinctively, but incorrectly, that if examples of something can be recalled easily, that thing must be common.
And what is more memorable than headlines and news programs blaring horrible crimes and diseases, plane crashes and terrorist attacks?
There is a very real danger within a community where homeless people gather. Illness, sickness, diseases, yes those are rampant, however, the very
real danger does not just come from this, but from our own perceptions of these people, especially considering the fabric of our society when the
family unit is so mixed emotionally.
With America being so torn apart throughout our political system, the social castes, upper class, middle class, the poverty line, we have a
responsibility to watch what happens.
Politically speaking, as well as socially speaking, because if we're not aware, we will very easily be tipped into the social ineptitude where
citizens can and will demand a final solution.
Remember, we are the very real problem with our own society, because of our perceptions.
All American's are very seriously one paycheck away from being homeless themselves.
Especially in the current economy.
[edit on 5-8-2010 by SpartanKingLeonidas]