Punishing the Homeless - Page 2
Perhaps the media’s contempt for BBH is a reflection of its own reluctance to directly acknowledge the humanity of homelessness. It sure doesn’t sound like Clarence Jones feels exploited. Jones, a 54 year old man who became homeless after Hurricane Katrina, said, “Everyone thinks I’m getting the rough end of the stick, but I don’t feel that. I love talking to people and it’s a job. An honest day of work and pay.”
Becky Blanton, writer, photographer, global TED speaker, and former homeless woman questions the motives of the critics,
“What [the critics] don’t want to do is to actually interact with a homeless person. It makes them UNCOMFORTABLE. They’re at SXSW to have fun. To spend money. . .. To party. Homeless people on the street in any shape, form or fashion kill the buzz…”
Temporarily Without Zip Code
In the end, lacking a zip code and a job has sadly become a human condition. It is the reality of this growing condition that challenges us all to redefine the meaning of respecting another person’s humanity. Perhaps it takes letting go of our personal fears and ego to see the truth of it all.