Semantics

Graeme Bacque (gbacque@arcos.org)
Mon, 13 Apr 1998 13:41:39 -0400


I find it alarming in the extreme to see how often the words 'homeless'
and 'mentally ill' appear in the same line whenever the subject of
homelessness arises for discussion.

This is frankly only one more form of victim-blaming - homelessness
isn't a disease; its a political/social issue. Citing 'mental ilness'
(which is more value judgement than scientific fact in any event) as
causal removes it from that realm and places the blame solely on the
victim's shoulders, thus providing the system with a convenient 'out.'
We can't afford to be doing this.
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Graeme Bacque
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