I think it’s important to talk about many of the hypocritical American people concerning language. You’ll often find many cocky Caucasians who believe that the United States should only allow English speakers. They try to further justify this by stating “This is America”, “English is the official language”, “If we went to some other country, we would have to learn the language”. It’s amazing the pure ignorance surrounding America, The United States and Language. First let me help educate you concerning all of the things listed above.
#1 – English – A language primarily spoken in Europe brought to the America’s long after others were already settled here including the Native American’s and the Mexican’s. Europeans came over and claimed they discovered a land that people already lived on. They brought English with them meanwhile, the Mexican’s who were already in what is now the United States were not only living in many of the states the non-Hispanics claim, they were also speaking Spanish. The Native American’s had their own languages while they too shaped the United States. Europeans were the immigrants.
#2 – The United States does not have an official language. The main reason for this is that many people have migrated to the U.S. and brought with them whatever language they already speak. The reason why English only would not be beneficial to anyone is that it holds you back. People should be passionate about learning as many languages as they can, it’s a great thing for future generations that stem directly from you, you’ll also get a much higher paying job and you’ll be more intelligent.
#3 – If you went to some other country, you would have to speak their language
WRONG! Many countries speak English and do not mind foreigners who do not speak their language. They are more welcoming and more helpful than cocky American’s.
There are so many memes out there portraying this ridiculous notion that this should be an English only country. Ignoring the true Native’s of this country, who built this country, long before the Europeans “discovered” it, is senseless and ignorant. You have today so many people loosely using the words illegal immigration and it’s targeted primarily to Hispanic’s. Amazing, the Hispanic’s worked, built and cultivated many of the U.S. states long prior to the white’s coming to the U.S., during the Mexican-American war, many Hispanic’s were forced out of the land they worked so hard to build and are now considered “illegal”. Native American’s were forced onto reservations and blocked from any help from the new immigrants who came in and took over. Now, the land is being destroyed by cocky American’s who are determined now more than ever to fight the Native’s of this precious land. It’s a terrible injustice to those who worked incredibly hard to make this land what it is.
So in closing, before you share that meme, think twice about what you’re actually saying. You’re doing nothing more than spreading hate to those who made this country.
We have all seen homeless people at one point or another. Many people refer to them as “Trash”, “Druggies” and “Lazy”. However, what do we really know about these people who appear to be useless trash littering the streets? Well let’s start out with a few facts
NOT all homeless people use drugs
NOT all homeless people are lazy
NOT all homeless people have bad intentions
You might be thinking that I’m an advocate for the homeless and in a way I am. You see, there have been many times where I have given money to select homeless people and I’m not talking about your average coins. I’m fairly good at determining who will use the money for things they really need and who won’t. None of us who help the homeless know where our money goes after we hand it off.
America is supposed to be a land of opportunity but, we have found fairly fast that our current President (like many previous president’s) misuses a lot of the money printed. We’re all aware of the trillions of dollars being spent on useless wars, lavish trips for the President and his family and even state of the art rehab facilities for Sex Offenders. It’s no secret that money is not being spent on using abandoned buildings to create large shelters for the homeless in any state.
Though money would be well spent if the President had his head on straight and chose to help the citizens of the United States first, this will be very unlikely to happen in the near or far future. This is due to each new President trying to follow the lead of the previous president. As you all know, the last 3 president’s have spent countless American dollars on things that do not benefit America.
So, who will care for the homeless? Many people go about their daily life and ignore the homeless and some even make petitions to have them removed from their make shift homes. After all, no one wants to look at eye sores right? What we all fail to realize is, any one of us could become homeless at any time. No one is guaranteed their jobs will last and many people will have been laid off in order for those jobs to be transferred overseas or people will simply be replaced by new, fast technology like Robots and Drones.
When talking about what are the options of the homeless, you must keep an open mind. In the first place, many homeless people have lost their jobs, their homes, their families and have very little left over. Finding a new job becomes harder when you have limited experience, you have no address or phone number to list on your application, you cannot arrive to an interview dirty, you have no resume to go along with your application, etc. It’s hard enough for people who are not homeless and who have degrees to get a job. At this point, most all jobs are impossible to get.
Another myth about the homeless is that they are all drug users or alcoholic’s. This is a poor assumption as some homeless, have never been addicted to either and even if they are, you must realize that being on the streets is the hardest thing you can imagine. It’s no life for anyone and those people suffer badly every single day.
Many homeless people become criminals over time as they become more desperate to survive and usually pocket change isn’t enough to sustain them. They also may commit crimes in order to have shelter and even though jail is hard, it’s still food and a place to sleep. This does not mean that all homeless people do these things but, who could blame them if they did?!
There are many abandoned buildings all across the United States and some have been recently closed. Some of these buildings such as old factories or even hospitals could be a great place for the homeless to live. In particular, a hospital that has been closed down would allow many homeless to occupy the floors and each one would have their own room and bathroom and sometimes even put two people to a room. Now, the funding part is a different story. When it comes to funding an operation like this, many people will need to pitch in and since we already pay taxes for things like overseas wars and lavish trips, the tax money would be better suited to pay for the homeless to survive in these already built buildings. It would also be possible if more people would chip in to help. It surprises me how many people complain about having to deal with the homeless but, won’t chip in for something that would get them off the streets and out of your hair.
I believe that if more people would take the time to actually talk with these people, you will realize fast that they are normal people who have been under bad circumstance for far too long. However, you cannot categorize all homeless people as belonging to one group like “Drug user” etc.. as a matter of fact, many of the homeless people I have talked to have stated that they were once married and had children but, they lost their jobs (due to no fault of their own) and they were unable to sustain their self or their families and ended up on the streets.
It has become a situation where, many of the homeless have no where to go at all. Some have families who abandoned them a long time ago and others cannot get into a shelter because, they are packed too full and no one else is allowed inside. This is a terrible situation to be in and you must keep an open mind and decide what you would do in this position as it’s too easy for people to say “Get a job, bum”. Think about what you say before you say it. The fact is, you don’t know the person and you don’t know what they are going through and therefore, you cannot judge them. This is simply about having the respect for another human being who has been unable to get their head above water. They are no different than yourself other than, you’re privileged and they are not.
If everyone would take the time to pitch in by donating blankets to them, taking them old clothes you don’t need, make extra sandwiches and bring some water (feeding them), sitting down and talking with them, just being supportive can make all the difference for these folks. You don’t need a lot of money to help them, just sharing what you already have can go a long way. I want everyone to please consider what I have said and pass the message along. Thank you for reading my blog on homelessness.