I was saying don’t give money to a homeless person, someone who might destructively spend it. Instead, donate to a charity/shelter where you can make sure they will spend the money on necessities to support the…

That’s why you have to do research on what charities you donate to. You pointed out that people who aren’t homeless use drugs and alcohol. True and thank you for your wording. They use the substance.

An estimated 50 percent of individuals experiencing homelessness with a mental illness also have a co-occurring substance abuse disorder. - National Healthcare for the Homeless Clinician’s Network

Does that sound like a statistic that can also be applied to people who aren’t homeless?

The bottom line here is that people who view themselves as separate from “The Poor” also feel entitled to dictate what “The Poor” are allowed to spend money on.

You have power over homeless people. You feel entitled to have power over homeless people. You feel very comfortable encouraging other people to exercise their power over homeless people.

This policing of poverty by those who are not living in poverty pervades the dominant culture in the U.S. and other places as well.

I could write 100 pages on how this manifests in practice with examples and analysis. But it all just boils down to: you feel entitled to dictate what people who are homeless do and do not do. Period. You’ve reduced adults in dire circumstances to children that you think might misbehave and can’t be trusted to make their own decisions.

That’s wrong. No matter how you slice it. Having five bucks when someone else doesn’t, does not make you their life coach. It doesn’t make you their parent, it doesn’t make you the Arbiter of Good Decisions and Ultimo Dictator of Appropriate Spending.





Watch the video of this incredible advert


so fucking sad

Just shows me that people love to bitch, but they don’t like to really do anything about what they’re bitching about.

Its really sad.

I keep seeing this photoset and the thing I hate most about it is the assumption that none of the people walking around here are “The Poor”.

Where are they? Where are we? The Poor?

Is there a place they keep us? Somewhere else? Always just a little bit farther away from the people who are assumed to be the ones helping?

Always just outside the window, looking in at the people discussing What Should Be Done, you know, About Them?

Or maybe “The Poor” are right here, in front of you, telling you to fuck off with your “Help The Poor” bullshit. I’m helping the goddamned poor right now. I’m helping myself, I’m helping my family, I’m helping my loved ones, I’m helping my friends.

We’re right here, despite this sense of social separation you’ve manufactured to make yourself feel various ways about yourself.

Photosets like these even remove the minute amount of context you might have gotten from the video, knowing that some of the people who got pissed off at the “Fuck The Poor” sign were angry because they are poor.

Yeah. This photoset is garbage. Meant to appeal to people who feel really satisfied and self-congratulatory when they see the apparent “apathy” of people in response to appeals to charity.

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"After 40 years of impoverished black men getting prison time for selling weed, white men are planning to get rich doing the same things. So that’s why I think we have to start talking about reparations for the war on drugs. How do we repair the harms caused?"

Michelle Alexander (via azspot)


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this is so, so important. as it is stands, you will lose your medicaid and social security benefits if you earn more than $700/month or have more than $2,000 in savings. that makes it nearly impossible to move out of poverty.

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Aasif Mandvi interviews Fox Business commentator, Todd Wilemon.

"Why are you poor?  Stop being poor.  Be rich like me!" - Fox News commentators, GOP congressmen, and late night informercials on real estate flipping.

This is the dystopian future i lived to see.

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"Living in poverty is like being punched in the face over and over and over on a daily basis. It’s pulling yourself out of a hole, only to fall over a cliff. Every step in the right direction is rewarded with a hearty push several steps back. The changes to one’s mental health when living in poverty can be astonishing."

Poor as Folk (via azspot)

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"You can get wild, organic salmon with an EBT card in Manhattan… It’s *insanity*"

soundbite I just retrieved from accidentally switching to Fox News

this is literally revolting

because apparently low-income people can’t enjoy good foods, huh?

evil motherfuckers

how fucking insulting this channel is

how fucking insulting 

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Being able to get that kind of food with EBT only looks like insanity to a person who doesn’t realize the hateful heinousness in having mentally tabulated all the foods they consider too good and too enjoyable for people who use EBT cards, because that card apparently should come with a “okay, you can stave off food insecurity but don’t you dare have one moment of enjoyment on our dime.”

Because obviously, we got all those dimes completely fairly and not at all through the very system that is responsible for a person needing EBT in the first place. Obviously.

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How dare poor people eat a fucking piece of fish, ammirite?

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The premise of minimum wage, when it was introduced, was that a single wage earner should be able to own a home and support a family.  That was what it was based on; a full time job, any job, should be able to accomplish this.

The fact people scoff at this idea if presented nowadays, as though the people that ring up your groceries or hand you your burgers don’t deserve the luxury of a home and a family, is disgusting.

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"The proposed legislation, dubbed “The Helping Families In Mental Health Crisis Act,” would eliminate funding for cost-effective, voluntary services that are known to improve outcomes for people with mental illness, such as peer-run services and family supports, while expanding funding for coercive service models such as “assisted outpatient treatment” (AOT), which permits states to force individuals to follow a specific court-ordered treatment plan."

ASAN condemns proposal to cut funding for effective mental health advocacy and interventions, expand forced treatment programs (via disabilityhistory)

This is why people who go on and on about how self-diagnosis is somehow evil and wrong and dangerous need to SHUT UP. Because legislation like this is cutting funding for whatever affordable care options exist (not many!), AND CRIMINALIZING MENTAL ILLNESS MORE THAN IT ALREADY IS.

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Stop acting like “the problem” in self-diagnosing mental illnesses or conditions is CAUSED by the people self-diagnosing. Of course it’s a fucking PROBLEM, a problem caused by THE LACK OF BASIC HEALTH CARE, MUCH LESS MENTAL HEALTH CARE.

My paper diagnosis cost in excess of $1,000, which I have not and probably will never be able to pay.