Re: serving food "gets the poor"

Charles Wilson (
Sun, 19 Apr 1998 08:18:26 -0700

The homeless and street people must be offered community along with the
temporary supplies such as food and shelter.  In a real human community, no
one would be separated from these things in the first place.  To have some
do-gooder volunteer standing there ladling you soup who does not in their
heart see the receiver as being a human of equal standing who is the victim
of the unjust organization of society we currently have is not to deliver
the substance needed to feed the spirit, which is as or more important than
the sustanance delivered for the body.  Too often the servers of food are
saying, "We're with the "in" crowd, and you're with the "out" crowd; here we
are offering a pitiful chance for you, too, to become a member of the "in"
crowd."  What this misses is that the "in" crowd is an abomination for the
totality of reasons and causes which is what a person learns with a liberal
education, intelligence, spiritual depth and a wide living experience in
various cultures.  And, yes, if you scratch the facade of some of these
service gatekeepers, you will find the ones who want to fuck you, literally.

Charles Wilson

-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew Rose <>
To: <>; <>
Date: Friday, April 17, 1998 10:18 PM
Subject: serving food "gets the poor"

>>Where is your sense that FNB wants to "get the poor" coming from?  What
>>you refering too?
>>At the end of the day, when I have returned to my home, the street, how
>>better off am I that you gave me a meal of cast off food.
>>I am still on the street the next meal is a day away and there is only the
>>street. You only feed me so that I will go another day in this hell and
>>return to your trough where you feed me cast off food and then you go home
>>and feel better for your offering to me. Even you fuck me!
>When I read that serving people "fucks" people I feel confused and sad
>because the situation must be dire indeed if someone sees a gift of food
>given freely only when requested as disempowering and I want to know more
>about this and what would be a better way?
>What would you rather people do, Fotheringham, if you they could hear you
>what would you say?
>more rhetoric:
>how much better off are you for warm soup and somewhat fresh bagel?
>would you rather steal or pick from a dumpster?
>Would your hell be lessened if there wasn't food?
>Why return to the trough if it keeps you in hell?
>Should people stop helping other people because it makes some feel