[Hpn] Re: Street People

wtinker wtinker@fcgnetworks.net
Wed, 7 Feb 2001 20:10:32 -0500


 Chance.
 Well some people got the gonads and some wish they had them!
 A Bro.
 Bill
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 ----- Original Message -----
 From: "chance martin" <streetsheet@sf-homeless-coalition.org>
> To: <hpn@lists.is.asu.edu>
> Cc: <A_BRECKENRID@ColoradoCollege.edu>; <wgcp@earthlink.net>
> Sent: Wednesday, February 07, 2001 5:51 PM
> Subject: Re: [Hpn] Re: Street People
>
>
> > I'm stumped. When I take the time to write a reasoned rebuttal to a
> posting,
> > people get indignant and want to leave the list. When I tell Christian
> > iconoclast Jeremy Reynalds to go f*ck himself, I get an inbox full of
fan
> > mail off-list.
> >
> > Maybe I should try drawing pictures instead.
> >
> > chance
> >
> > PS- I'll direct this message to someone who can take you off this "lift"
> > Abigail.
> >
> >
> > on 2/7/01 4:25 PM, Abigail D Breckenridge  ( at
> > A_BRECKENRID@ColoradoCollege.edu wrote:
> >
> > > Please take me off this lift
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: chance martin
> > > To: hpn@lists.is.asu.edu
> > > Cc: HOBOMATT@aol.com
> > > Sent: 2/7/2001 3:05 PM
> > > Subject: Re: [Hpn] Re: Street People
> > >
> > > And the award for the most creative re-articulation of the "final
> > > solution"
> > > goes to Matt Parkhouse, RN of Colorado Springs.
> > >
> > > Seriously, anytime we find ourselves qualifying, judging and sorting
> > > "good"
> > > or "deserving" homeless people from "lifestylers" (which itself is a
> > > myth
> > > lifted straight from the propaganda of the Heritage Foundation, among
> > > others), we're playing right into the hands of those who feel that
> > > homeless
> > > people should enjoy different or fewer civil rights than everyone
else,
> > > and
> > > that police and jails are the indicated response to this kind of
social
> > > problem.
> > >
> > > Actually, I find the term "street people" pretty damned offensive in
> > > itself.
> > > It's kinda reminiscent of "useless bread-gobblers," a favorite
euphemism
> > > of
> > > Hitler's SS referring to Jews and Gypsies. Labeling, as any
propagandist
> > > or
> > > semanticist will agree, is the essential first step in disempowering
and
> > > scapegoating any group of people.
> > >
> > > I posted the article because I feel it's a great example of
> > > anti-homeless
> > > propaganda masquerading as "human interest." There's a pretty vicious
> > > quality-of-life campaign currently flourishing in Florida -- targeting
> > > everyone from panhandlers to street paper vendors to Food Not Bombs
> > > members
> > > committing the "crime" of feeding hungry people in public.
> > > Quality-of-life
> > > campaigns are always supported by local corporate media. It was
intended
> > > as
> > > a object lesson in contemporary propaganda. I'm sorry I didn't make my
> > > intent in posting the article clear, I certainly didn't mean for it to
> > > be a
> > > rallying point for formerly homeless people with latent
self-acceptance
> > > issues.
> > >
> > > It's a given that human beings came into existence in the outdoors,
> > > regardless of whether you believe in evolution or creationism. I find
it
> > > pretty ironic that our society judges them or criminalizes them for
> > > doing
> > > that today. And if you look at the history of the Mendicant religious
> > > orders
> > > and some of the more popular "heresies" of the last millennial era,
you
> > > will
> > > find that our word "beggar" is derived from "Beghard," which is what
> > > folks
> > > commonly called certain religious aesthetes who believed their god
would
> > > provide their needs through the kindness of strangers. Most of these
> > > "heretics" died in the inquisition. (Or should I say, the LAST
> > > inquisition.
> > > I get the feeling some of GWB's fundamentalist buddies would welcome
the
> > > opportunity to dust off the rack and the thumbscrews and start
> > > collecting
> > > kindling for the stakes.)
> > >
> > > I wish the folks who call themselves "Christians" were as open to the
> > > Spirit
> > > of the Beghards today. Someone told me long ago that the only
spiritual
> > > use
> > > for money was to give it away. When I give a panhandler money, I don't
> > > trip
> > > on what they might be using it for because that's really none of my
> > > business. I operate from the idea that they must need it, or they
> > > wouldn't
> > > be asking. And how do I know that I wouldn't use the money for drugs
or
> > > alcohol if I didn't give it away, anyway?
> > >
> > > As for homeless people as "noble victims," I don't know if being a
> > > victim
> > > equates to nobility, or if it absolves a person from any
responsibility
> > > for
> > > their situation, but every poor and homeless person is undeniably a
> > > victim
> > > of capitalism, as is every addict (the illegal trade in drugs is the
> > > ultimate expression of capitalist values -- small wonder the war on
> > > drugs is
> > > lost), or every person of color trapped in the prison/industrial
> > > complex.
> > >
> > > What capitalism ultimately does is strip us of our humanity by turning
> > > us
> > > into commodities representing profit, whether it's the money the
service
> > > provider receives for each shelter bed, the money billed from each
hour
> > > of
> > > "case-management," or the slave labor we provide through workfare
> > > programs
> > > and community service sentences from "homeless courts."
> > >
> > > Maybe you've got a problem with some of those "lifestylers" that you
> > > know,
> > > Matt. I know homeless people that I cross the street to avoid myself,
> > > but if
> > > I don't advocate for those homeless people who also happen to be
> > > assholes,
> > > then I don't have any business advocating for ANY homeless people.
> > >
> > > Besides, everyone knows what an asshole I can be.
> > >
> > > As far as the aesthetics of the photojournalism that accompanied the
> > > story
> > > go, we have a saying about that around here:
> > >
> > > "Poverty Is Ugly. Ignorance Is Uglier."
> > >
> > > You can take that anyway you like, Matt.
> > >
> > > peace,
> > >
> > > chance
> > >
> > >> We have our "street people" here in Colorado Springs as well. It is a
> > >> sub-group our providers would prefer to not discuss. In any dialog on
> > >> homelessness however, they NEED to be discussed. They are a minority
> > > (perhaps
> > >> 10% to 20% locally) of the diverse group of "the homeless". They are,
> > >> however, VERY visable. Our providers here would prefer the the
general
> > >> populace believe that all homeless are "noble victims", especially at
> > > fund
> > >> raising time. We hear a lot about the circumstances of homeless
> > > families, the
> > >> dis-abled and the those who life has struck down. The people
described
> > > in
> > >> this article are more what I would call "lifestylers". It isn't a
> > > healthy
> > >> lifestyle but for some, it is a chosen one. My values about this:
> > > Choosing to
> > >> "live outside" is similar to choosing the Goth lifestyle, the biker
> > >> lifestyle, embracing the drug culture, going Punk or following the
> > > Grateful
> > >> Dead. If that's your choice, fine; but don't ask me to support it.
> > > HOWEVER,
> > >> if you want to escape the consquenses of the choice and move toward a
> > >> healthier life, helping hands MUST be available. In my opinion, too
> > > many
> > >> "homeless programs" are, in reality, "street-life support programs".
> > > By the
> > >> way, if you go to the url provided, you end up at the Newspaper
> > > website. The
> > >> photos there, missing from the HPN List email posting are NOT pretty.
> > >>
> > >> Matt Parkhouse, RN;
> > >> Colorado Springs, CO
> >
> >
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