Re: Semantics

Virginia Sellner (
Mon, 13 Apr 1998 12:18:28 -0600 (MDT)

How right you are Graeme, thanks.  Virginia

At 01:41 PM 4/13/98 -0400, Graeme Bacque wrote:
>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.
>Graeme Bacque
>(#2226799 on ICQ)
>++Question and challenge *all* human 'authority'++
 Speak only words of truth.
 Speak only of the good qualities of others.
 Be a confidant and carry no tales.
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