Some Homeless People

Yes, of course homeless people need help, and most of the time they don’t get the help they need.   But, in trying to get help for the homeless, by trying to generate some compassion for the homeless, we advocates must not turn a blind eye to the negativity that homeless people bring upon themselves.

Sure, a lot of people are just haters, and hate on anything different from themselves, or they hate on anything that appears weak or vulnerable, or anything they deem to be on a lower standard than their own.  And it is only natural for us to want to defend the homeless from such hate.  Countering such hate is necessary if we are to get homeless people the help they need.  But it would be wrong of us to take the position that homeless people are only victims.  Sometimes homeless people bring problems unto themselves.  We must remain honest about that, when that happens, and include this reality in our defense of the homeless when we discuss homeless issues.

   If homeless people want society to treat them fairly, with dignity and respect, then it must be that the homeless must return the favor and treat society fairly, with dignity and respect.  Many homeless people are angry spiteful folks and they express those feelings in less than appropriate ways.

For example, if a homeless person tells a cop to “f*ck off”, the homeless person, (or any other person) cannot then expect the best treatment from the cop.  Same thing goes when a drunk tries to panhandle and the people walking by say “no”.  Telling those people who walked by to “go to hell” will not engender any warm and friendly feelings.  Not only will that homeless person fail in his attempt to receive charity, but more than likely he will make things worse for all homeless people.

Honestly, if homeless people expect the rest of society to help them, then the homeless will have to cut out all the crap and start behaving themselves in a more civil manner.   Ya know?  Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

And when advocating for the homeless, we cannot hide from the truth of homelessness, cause we certainly won’t be able to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes.


About Kevin Barbieux

I have been diagnosed as being chronically homeless. I write about my experiences and opinions of being homeless
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