Reaction Towards the Homeless

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English 100-05
5 October 2012

Reactions towards the Homeless
In the article “Charity Means You Don’t Pick and Choose,” Patricia O’Hara talks about many encounters with homeless people. She gives examples of people reacting with kindness, indifference, and contempt. At the end, she determines that people should consistently be kind regardless of circumstances. O’Hara frequently talks about the problem of how people who are doing well in life shouldn’t treat the homeless any different. People react to the homeless in different ways for a variety of reasons.

Some people are kind to the homeless for numerous reasons. For me, I’m kind to the homeless because I feel like they need it. When there’s a homeless person on the side of the road and I have enough money to give I offer them a couple dollars. Sometimes I’m a little skeptic to hand a homeless person money because there are a lot of people pretend to be homeless just to get money. O’Hara discusses in her article an incident in Washington D.C. where a homeless person approaches her and her son and they give him money, food, and kind words. She also mentions her unknown giving to clothes drives for the needy throwing money in the basket around Christmas time. A lot of other people’s reason for being nice to the homeless is because they feel they are obligated to.

Another reaction people have towards the homeless is violence. People take up beating up homeless as a hobby. In my hometown there was an incident where a man was beaten to death by some random person. But since the victim was homeless the case wasn’t thoroughly investigated so the person got away with it. People beat on the homeless because they look at as less human. O’Hara’s article quotes a man saying, “It’d be better if they got a job.” This is an example of. Words can also hurt as well as violence.

The most common reaction is people tend to ignore the homeless. I often ignore the homeless from time to time. Is not that I’m scared most...
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