if when i was homeless someone had brought me a blessing bag i would have kicked them in the fucking teeth
I wouldn’t have. Cuz class plused pplz getting kicked by homeless people love to call cops and where I live, it is literally illegal to be homeless.
I would have hated them and wished death upon them and all their house and probably told them to fuck off and die but I wouldn’t have kicked them
i probably wouldn’t actually kick anyone, i’m just pissed b/c i’m thinking about how many nights i spent in pain and cold because i didn’t have help or money or resources
and i’m just thinking about how angry i would have been had someone dropped that little baggy in my hand
how hurt i would have been
how fucking helpless i would have felt
how i would have been forced to choose between pretending to be grateful for shit i didn’t want and didn’t need, or looking like a bitch because if i didn’t take it, that’s what would happen
and i’m thinking about all the fucking signs and billboards about homelessness in NYC, and how it’s illegal to give homeless people money, and how many conversations i’ve been a part of where people demand that homeless folks be happy and grateful for anything they get—even when it’s not useful to them
i’m just so fucking angry about this because
it does nothing
you’d be better fucking served just not giving anyone anything than giving them those baggies
like, you give me soap—do i have a place to use this soap? how is this helpful to me? thanks for the toothbrush, but i still don’t have money to put minutes on my cellphone, or stay at a shelter, or buy myself a full meal
And the original poster, that piece of shit, made it all about how uncomfortable homeless people make folks that aren’t homeless.
Like in the end, that’s what it comes down to. Not actually helping someone. Not actually making someone’s life better.
It comes down to wiping away guilt and discomfort of privileged fucks who deserve to feel guilt and discomfort.
If people felt uncomfortable with seeing me sleeping in my car?
If people felt uncomfortable knowing I was couch surfing and living with people who could kick me out in a moment’s notice with no recourse for me?
THEY FUCKING DESERVE IT.
Homed people deserve every inch of discomfort they feel around homeless and formerly homeless people. Upper class people deserve every inch of discomfort they feel around poor people and when the needs of poor people come up.
They deserve nothing.
Class privileged and homed people deserve nothing.
And like, people SHOULD feel uncomfortable when they see the homeless. Homelessness is indicative of deep societal failings. People are living on the streets, in cars, couch surfing, because something is horribly horribly wrong with the way our society is structured.
That SHOULD make you uncomfortable. I hate all these efforts by cities to make the homeless population less visible, shuffle them away and off to the side, keep them out of parks and off benches. They’re trying to keep themselves from having to face the uncomfortable truth that there is something deeply wrong with our society.
The well off, the comfortable, the rich, they all need to be MUCH MUCH more uncomfortable, because comfortable people don’t see the illness of our culture and society, comfortable people don’t see that change has to happen, comfortable people don’t push for that change. So yes, when I hear that someone is uncomfortable around homeless people I say good, and I will make damn sure that they realize just why that makes them uncomfortable.