Sunday, April 03, 2016

From Someone Who Understands

                                FLOWER PHOTO/EDITS BY RUTH RADER
And then I got the following comment...nice and sensible:

Dear Ruth,

Your response to the comments of the psudeo homeless housing professional is excellent. I     particularly like the manner in which you dissect the rationale for his prejudicial mindset.

Having been employed in several occupations involving, the homeless, the elderly, and the disabled, the general assumptions and expectations of people in any or all of these groups are as follows: they are less valuable, less capable, and therefore more expendable. Throwing in being destitute usually exacerbates the negative assumptions and expectations to levels of unwarranted abuse.

It is reprehensible too how with aging one becomes invisible in public, and disrepected in private, i.e., not receiving services despite standing or sitting for more than a reasonable amount of time, being patronized over the telephone by rude customer service representatives, etc.

To be fair, there are a lot of people who go out of their to assist people who need a little help, like the gentleman you mentioned on your other blog post; without asking, he immediately changed your walker wheel. It's the institutional forms of discrimination that permeates the thinking of the masses--the trickle down corruption that needs to be addressed.

Thank you for your interesting website and blog. I enjoy reading your perspective on current events! I found you while reading comments on the Kyron Horman case.

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