Homeless Sweeps and Violence

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On July 31, this report was broadcast in Portland about clearing the homeless out of parking lots:

http://www.katu.com/news/local/Security-company-clears-out-Pearl-District-homeless-camps-164519266.html

 

In this report, the moving on of homeless people is called “cleaning up” the parking lot.  Not vacating, not requesting– “cleaning”.

 

Last night, we receive this report of three homeless people being attacked in Portland:

http://www.kgw.com/news/Homeless-campers-attacked-in-SE-Portland-164782676.html

 

Here, this is a criminal action.  Certainly, the first is done non-violently, and with the approval of property owners.  But if the police have to “clean up” human beings, how long will it take for someone to take the “cleaning up” into their own hands.  If the homeless are some-thing dirty, filthy, disgusting that must be cleaned, our young people will understand that the homeless are not people at all, but disposable items that should be disposed of in any way necessary.

  1. August 4, 2012

    Sylvia LaFrance

    Not necessarily… sometimes they make those judgments on their own.

     
  2. August 4, 2012

    Steve Kimes

    There are always many of every generation looking to dehumanize a group. We are already well on the way of making the homeless dehumanized.

     
    • August 10, 2012

      Lori Jean McCorkle

      I know that the Homeless are getting put down to be dehuminized because Las vegas had sent allover there homeless popualtion and sent them on a bus and dropped them all off to the Az desert somewhere near Tucson,Az I am told. the few homeless that are still left out on the streets are the only ones left so far who have survived this RIF>>

       
  3. August 4, 2012

    Sylvia LaFrance

    It’s politically incorrect to discriminate on the basis of race, sexual preference, gender, religion etc… and I guess people are just hard wired to hate somebody so they can feel better about themselves… why not the homeless… those folks who have the least resources to defend themselves. It’s sick… it’s mental illness at it’s worst. Hate is evil… and we know who is behind that.

     
  4. August 4, 2012

    Genevieve Cochran

    If I do not speak for “them” who will speak for me when I become “them”

     

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