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Katie Hildreth
3/30 Discussion
Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:55pm
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Iím considering homelessness in America and how so many people look down on them. This topic is important because, given the economy over the past couple of years, it has become increasingly significant. More and more people are being laid off work and canít afford to make house payments. Therefore, their houses are being foreclosed on, and with no job, they canít afford to find somewhere else to live. The sides I plan to examine are that of the people who look down on them and the homeless people themselves.

People tend to look down on homeless people because they are often dirty and they are not what you would expect to see in a functional society. You would not expect to go to an office and see someone in ragged clothes sitting at the reception desk. Also many people feel that homeless people may be dangerous. This is because there are some people who try to pretend they are homeless by wearing ragged clothes and sitting on the street asking for money.

However, the homeless people canít help this. They canít afford to buy new clothes and many of them canít afford to wash what they have, assuming they even have other clothes. When they ask for money, they do it honestly. They need the money to buy food and other necessities. They may even try to save some occasionally. There are a few people who spend it on alcohol and things that are options for them, but for the most part, a true homeless person would be using money to buy food or necessities.

Nevertheless, it is hard to tell a true homeless person from someone who is pretending. I believe that this is why so many people refuse to help them nowadays. You never know when you are getting scammed or if you are truly helping someone in need.

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