by Diana Ramirez
The season of giving is approaching as we prepare for the upcoming holidays, specifically Thanksgiving. Looking back, this tradition was set by the Pilgrims in the seventeenth century to celebrate their first successful harvest. One of the reasons they were able to celebrate Thanksgiving was due to the help of Native americans, yet after convincing Native Americans into trusting them, they returned the favor by murdering them.
Despite the fact that these atrocities occurred in the past, it is surprising to see that even today, similar actions are occurring in many cities across the United States. However, this time it is not the Native Americans, but the homeless population of our country. Around 71 cities have banned individuals from giving food to homeless people, one of these being San Diego.
Many cities have created “food and public domain laws” in order to limit the amount of people that give food and other forms of charity to the homeless. They have done this with the intention of making the homeless stop going to areas in downtown, hoping not to affect the images of the established businesses since there was an overall 26 percent increase in homeless people in January, according to the annual homeless count.
The most repulsive aspect of these regulations is that it dehumanizes the homeless. They are treated as burdens to society and are forced to disappear. The purpose of government is to provide resources and support for all citizens, not just for a select few. If cities have grown tired of homeless people, they should provide the proper services to keep them off the streets, instead of treating them like vermin. For instance, cities could open more homeless shelters to improve the conditions of the city and its homeless population. By doing this, cities would be fulfilling their duty of providing for all citizens since they are responsible for their well-being, and not just the economy of the city.
Looking at this, it is quite depressing to think that cities care more about business than the well being of their own citizens who are in dire need of assistance. They overlook the needs of these homeless people, and choose instead, to maintain the appearance of a “perfect city.” This is done with the aim of attracting more customers, even if it means kicking out the homeless population. This shows how selfish and superficial city governments are in making decisions regarding these serious issues. It is almost as if they are repeating history all over again, backstabbing the people they promised to protect.