No More Back of The Bus

In Montgomery, Alabama in 1955, it was a crime for a black person not to give up her seat in the back of a bus for a white person. In Bucks County, PA in 2016, it’s a crime for a homeless person who has nowhere to go to sleep on public property.

Both cases are an example of discrimination. Like blacks under Jim Crow, the homeless are treated like second class citizens.

Today’s homeless should learn a lesson on how to best handle hate driven discrimination from Rosa Parks, et al.  Mrs. Parks didn’t burn the bus, but just refused to comply with an outrageous rule. Consequently, she was arrested.

As a result of the arrest, blacks boycotted the buses until the bus company got rid of this discriminatory rule. It was tough; blacks had to walk very far to get where they were going. But it was worth it. It gave the black community hope that they could change the way things were.

And they did!

The homeless in Bucks County have to give up their freedom of choice if they want a place to live. They are constantly driven off of public land, with no place to go. There is a waiting list for the alleged emergency shelters and for housing assistance.

The best chance to get housing is through Bucks County’s Mental Health Hustlers. In exchange for signing up for mental health services and signing off their freedom of choice, like scalpers at a baseball game, the homeless are sold tickets for the Disoriented Express, vouchers paid for by the taxpayers. The cost, at first hidden, is high.

Like the Kanamits in the Twilight Zone episode To Serve Man, who offered earthlings peace and prosperity, only to use them for food, the mental health hustlers offer the homeless a solution to their problem only to exploit them for their own purposes, destroying them with dope and psychobabble. It’s all about the health hustlers.

The massive evictions of homeless people, only to be Shanghaied and taken aboard The Ship of Fools must stop.  The homeless should boycott the mental health industry in Bucks County. Maybe then the county will stop falsely labeling the homeless as nutcases and addicts and will offer them housing first.

Another way to fight discrimination is to behave in an exemplary manner. Much of the discrimination against the homeless is driven by hobophobia, the irrational fear of the homeless. Drunken brawls and evidence of drug use and other erratic behavior at the Veteran’s Memorial in Levittown, PA, for example, draws negative attention to the homeless. Much of the problem is created by dopers from the local recovery houses, but the homeless are considered guilty by association, even when the drunks and the dopers visit the memorial at different times than do civil people, who happen to be homeless.

Rather than have narrow minded people from the nearby municipal building and vicinity stereotype the homeless when a few individuals act up, the homeless need to show them who they really are. This happened recently when the Delaware Valley Vietnam Veterans met with the homeless and got a better understanding of who they are.

Instead of telling the authorities they are uncomfortable in coming to the memorial because the homeless are there and want the homeless chased away, people should talk with the homeless and decide for themselves who they really are. As a homeless saying goes, “don’t talk about us; talk with us.”

Take a lesson from Rosa Parks. Don’t lash out in anger, act civilly but stand up for your rights and let the world know who you really are.

“She sat down in order that we all might stand up.”