Compassion Trumps Decorum in Handling the Homeless
According to San Diego library surveys, by far the most common reasons people visited the old Central Library were to look for work and to find information about health care. Are those not uses of the library that we should encourage for homeless San Diegans?
Photo by Sam Hodgson
A volunteer tallies homeless people sleeping in front of the Central Library for the Regional Task Force on the Homeless' annual count.
In fact, I wish there weren’t homeless people in San Diego. I wish there weren’t homeless people anywhere, but there are. And the thing we must remember is that homeless people are still people.
There are as many paths into homelessness as there are homeless people. No two lives are identical but no matter how they get there, when a person’s life leads to sleeping on the streets, it is natural to assume there is something about that person, something he or she did or didn’t do that led to their state.
It’s a kind of victim-blaming of which we’re all guilty to a degree. We believe, on some level, that the least among us probably deserve their circumstance.
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