Saturday, March 3, 2007

WHY ARE HOMELESS NEIGHBORS BEING ATTACKED?

MEAN STREETS? The Indianapolis Star's headline today is a story about local homeless neighbors (my term, it's much better than "the homeless" or other derogatory labels. Think about it.) being attacked by groups of young men, apparently for kicks. Why is this occurring?

WHAT MESSAGE ARE WE CONVEYING? Bigger question: What is being routinely conveyed in our public discourse and news and entertainment media about these citizens that would lead anyone to think beating up homeless citizens would be acceptable, understandable or excusable? Don't get me started...

Photo: IndyStar photo by Robert Scheer

1 comment:

  1. Dear John,

    One of the things I was thinking about -- was what we churches have communicated about this. We have treated people without homes not as homeless neighbors as you point out -- but simply as the homeless. That is to say that we have done good things like create institutions that "help" -- but we have done very little to build up the capacity for what Isaiah talks about in opening our homes and our tables. Ah well.

    Mike

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