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I am trying to figure out how to say something here that won’t make everyone think I’m a racist. Actually, one of the things I hate about panhandling is that it has made me think racist thoughts.
In Baltimore, where I used to live, I once spent a day just walking around the city. I like the look and feel of the city and just spent my day off wandering around looking for new sights. I must have been asked for money a hundred times. Every person who asked me for money was black (~90% male). About half of these people were dressed nicely and looked like they didn’t need a handout. Some were teenagers and I forgive them their tresspasses but curse their parents. I have been asked for money by people of many races but by far the bulk of them have been black and I’ve never been asked for a handout by a well dressed person of any race but black. Is there some cultural reason for this? Or, is it just that a lot of black people are poor? Do poor black people blow their last dime on grooming so that they can look nice when they go out panhandling? Can we give permits to legitimately destitute people or something?
Last I heard they had passed a law in Bmore making it illegal to give money to panhandlers, but it had been challenged. It would be pretty tough to enforce anyway.
I have also seen statistics that show that there are free shelters enough for all the adult homeless in Bmore and soup kitchens enough to feed them all. The shelters do not admit anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol though. They a short on facilities for children though. They have several places that insist that the parents give up custody. This is not legal but, as the people who run these places say they will just shut down if forced to change their policy, the city has decided not to enforce the law. I used to know where a lot of the soup kitchen etc. were and, upon being asked for money, would give directions. I was usually ignored, but on a couple of occasions, I was genuinely thanked.
This is my longest post to date and is not filled with SD style myth destruction but instead full of personal experience and speculation. Sorry. I hope it is at least interesting. And, I hope you don’t all come down on me for spreading racist propaganda. Maybe my experiences are not typical, if so let me know.
If men had wings,
and bore black feathers,
few of them would be clever enough to be crows.