Wednesday, April 30, 2014

She Likes To Be Homeless

Sadly the title that the LA Times gave to this story leads people to believe that homeless people actually like being homeless.   But that's just not true.   No one in their right mind would ever want to live homeless, especially in the U.S.   Regardless of what some homeless people say, if you dig into their story you find that they are only saying so out of spite.

Still the article this post links to is a well written account of the wrong headed, mean spirited, unproductive practice that the police use in trying to deal with homeless people.   Harassing the homeless does nothing to reduce the number of homeless people, it only makes the already difficult situation for homeless people even more difficult.   Really, homeless people are stuck between a rock and a hard place.   Harassment of the homeless would only work if there was, on the other side, a viable option, some other place for the homeless to be, but there just isn't one.
Moody, 59, said she doesn't like sleeping on the sidewalk but believes skid row is part of her "destiny." "We're human beings, not to be pushed around like cattle," she said. "We have a right to be stationary."
Read the whole story here www.LATimes.com