[Hpn] STEREOTYPES encourage MURDER of homeless people? Your opinion?

unclescam unclescam@buskers.org
Fri, 05 Jan 2001 11:53:42 -0500


tom,
   while negative stereotypes are incorrect usage of argument on the part of the
establishment, it wouldn't seem that the use of   "vigilante"   to describe the
killers and beaters of those individuals so described is accurate either. it would
be a large jump to believe that the perpetrators of violence against easy targets,
read or even heard the spoutings of the press or gov officials. in the case cited,
there was no mention of this fellow being homeless. i know many panhandlers who
make a fair living ( more money than i do) and have homes. is it unfair to call
panhandlers/beggars homeless? or is this just another stereotype? do most  homeless
folks beg on the street or is this the hype of the homeless activist to garner
sympathy for his cause.?
    scam

Tom Boland wrote:

> Government officials & media often describe homeless people with negative
> labels, such as "filthy, aggressive, crazy, addict, bum".
>
> Do "negative stereotypes" encourage vigilantes to murder homeless people?
> Why or why not?
>
>
> HPN Homeless Newswire - where homeless people "deconstruct corporate-owned
> media":
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> FWD  AP Wire Service - Jan 03, 2000
>      News in brief from the Philadelphia area  [ PA USA ]
>
>    [ Homeless Panhandler Shot Dead ]
>
> NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) _ Police were investigating the shooting death of a
> homeless man found face-down in the snow by a passer-by early Tuesday
> morning.
>
> The Montgomery County coroner's office said Edward Cioffo, 38, whose last
> known address was in Norristown, died of a gunshot wound to the torso.
>
> Police Chief Russell Bono said there was no clear motive for the shooting,
> but that Cioffo was found with one of his pockets turned inside out and two
> packs of cigarettes and loose change scattered near his body.
>
> Bono did not rule out robbery as a motive, but said Cioffo, who was known
> as an aggressive panhandler in the borough, would not have been carrying
> much money.
>
> AP-ES-01-03-01 0538EST
> Received Id AP10100358440DAB on Jan 03 2001 04:39
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