City I Don’t Hate the Homeless
posted by December 12 at 13:30 PMon
Really, I don’t. I have empathy. I give ‘em money—and I give it to them, not to some patronizing charity that tries to make me feel guilty about a homeless person deciding to blow my change on booze and not sock it away in his IRA or whatever. But whenever I post something about the homeless on Slog I get called out for my lack of compassion. So I’m just wondering…
I’ve been sitting in a cafe downtown working for a couple of hours and just now a few homeless guys came in, bought some drip, and gathered around the table right next to mine. And, hey, they have as much right to be in here as I do—they had the cash, they bought some coffee, and they need to get out of the cold. It’s all good.
But I have a question for the armies of compassion that lurk in Slog comments: How long do empathy and compassion require me to sit here and breathe their booze-cigs-piss vapors? Is it bigoted of me even to notice? Is the woman that just got up and moved to a table on the other side of the cafe a bourgeois bitch? And am I going to hell for packing up my shit and moving to another cafe?