Prejudice Toward The Homeless People

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Lets think about this, you are a homeless person due to the fact that there are many new companies moving into your city which cause the housing prices to go up. You work a small paying job barely managing to get by. Eventually you are either fired or laid off due to budget cuts and it is now really hard to get a job due to all the new technology that you are not used to working. Over time you will become in debt or get ran out of your home forcing you to sleep in the streets or try finding room in the only shelter of your highly populated city. People will call you names, minimize you with disgust, and some may even be violent toward you. By witnessing forms of prejudice exhibited toward the homeless in San Francisco, I have come to understand …show more content…
Naturally the man was odorous and had all of his belongings with him, but he was not causing any disturbance to the locals. Many locals do not acknowledge the homeless, so naturally my boyfriend and I go into a store not caring that the man is sleeping on the public street because he is not bothering anyone. In a way the ignorance we expressed toward the man can be considered a level of dislike toward the homeless population because we did not acknowledge his presence nor did we care that he was there. We got out of the store and immediately we notice some wealthy caucasian guy complaining loudly about how the man smelled of god knows what and basically generalizing him by calling him a bum. As he continues to complain he calls the police to file a public disturbance complaint on the guy. As I see how rude the wealthy man is treating the man I immediately began feel sympathetic as I thought about how the names and remarks about the man 's smell affected the self esteem of the poor …show more content…
They force the guy up and throw his stuff away in the nearby smelly green dumpster in one of the small alley ways to move him off the public street. As I watched the police officers commit these actions I got even more upset and began to realize that the man was being treated like he was less than human and that the police were not considerate about the way he felt. I also thought about how Mission Street is technically a public good. The street being public then guarantees that any individual is allowed to have access to the space because it is non-excludable to anyone and how one individual uses the street does not affect the accessibility of the street. Another thing is that the police are to serve the protection of property and I do not recall seeing how the man was harming property in any form by sleeping on the concrete

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