Controversy of the Homeless   Leave a comment

We all live in Austin. And we all see the homeless people. We all see them whether we want to see them or not. Some of us walk by them every single day on our way to class. We’ve all heard them ask if we can spare some change or if we have any leftovers from our meal that was too large to finish in one sitting.

A choice is presented to us as we walk by, with more than two options. Do we quickly pull out a dollar bill and then head on our way feeling we’ve done a good deed, or do we pull out our phone and pretend we cannot hear them speak? Do we sit down and talk with them, listening to their stories, or do we yell at them to get a job?

Not only do we have choices of what we will do with these pitiful people on the ground looking up at us, but the government also has its choices. Should the United States government decide to intervene and attempt to help homeless people get off the streets and into the work environment, or is it entirely the responsibility of the individal?

I stumbled upon this controversy when I stumbled upon a very old, very dirty man leaning against a wall on Guadalupe holding out his open hands. When I looked to see why his hands were out and open, I was actually taken aback to see a young, sharp-dressed college student pulling several items one by one out of a CVS bag. I forced myself not to stop and stare, so all I heard him say was, “All right, today we have some bubble gum, and some beef jerky, and some…” It was enough though. It may not have been enough to keep that man full for more than a few days, but it was enough to make me realize that if more people were like that sharp-dressed student, then less people would be like that tired, old, dirty man.

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Posted September 7, 2011 by samkite12 in Uncategorized

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