Sunday, June 5, 2011

An anti-homeless gangup to look back on.

We should wrap up and set aside this vicious discussion on a Santa Barbara community news site to revisit in twenty years, by which time I hope it will seem strange. It's a classic sample of the way turn-of-century Americans have denied the reality of deep poverty. In another generation I'd like to think either our economic differences will be less (unlikely) or the systemic normality of poverty will be a little more accepted (more likely, though I suppose it might take longer). If homelessness isn't going to end, maybe at least more housed people will accept in time that homelessness as a condition of life is not culpable -- that it's not a just punishment for some offense by the victim.

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