An article in the New York Times by Ellen Barry really has me pissed off. It talks about the homeless in New Delhi, India and makes some really strange parallels to the homeless problem in America. The most glaring insult is the highlighted quote from a man named L.C. Gupta, in which he states that homelessness is due to bad karma, and that the homeless deserve their fate. The article concludes with the assertion that it is better to feed animals then to feed anyone who is homeless. I think I’ll write Ms. Barry a letter and tell her this:
America is not India. To quote someone from India as if they are some wise guru on the homeless situation is rubbish. They have a caste system that has kept poor people on the bottom for centuries. America is supposed to be the land of equality; if we slip into that third world, old world mindset and start throwing people away, then God help us. People are not victims of karma when they do things to survive homelessness and poverty; but, the people who could change the system and help may be, if they do nothing.