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August 20, 2019

The authoritarian mentality is capable of justifying hideous things…

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Criminal, Economics, Family, Fascism, Greed, Harm, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 17:26

The Descent Into Cruelty

https://www.currentaffairs.org/2019/08/the-descent-into-cruelty

Is America becoming a crueler place? In the last two days, I’ve seen three disturbing news stories. First, Boston police “cleaned up” part of the city’s South End by hassling homeless people and destroying their possessions. This is not atypical police behavior, but the Boston PD achieved newsworthy levels of callousness after they apparently literally threw disabled people’s wheelchairs into a trash compactor. Here, read Boston magazine’s report:

“You could hear the metal crushing noise. It was really loud. They just tossed it in and crushed it,” says Cassie Hurd, a Boston homeless advocate who at the time had been observing the area. Hurd says about 15 BPD and state police cruisers, along with a DPW trash truck, rolled up to Mass. Ave. after dark and began telling the people congregating there to leave. Any unattended items were confiscated, she says, including at least three wheelchairs. “We spent a significant amount of time with someone who lost his wheelchair. He is not able to be mobile without it, and not having a home, nowhere to sit, nowhere to go, and was having pain. He couldn’t really balance or walk,” Hurd says. “He had left his wheelchair for a minute and his partner tried everything to keep the wheelchair. She pleaded with police and was sobbing and crying. They took it and threw it in the back of the truck and it was devastating to watch. There was nothing anyone could do to prevent them from throwing it out.” The man, who she identified as Jarrod, told her he had been injured in a hit-and-run car crash about a week earlier and had been prescribed the wheelchair by a doctor. His backpack had also been taken and trashed in the sweep, she says he told her.

Next story: The government deported a schizophrenic man from Detroit, sending him to live on the streets of Baghdad. Jimmy Aldaoud had never lived in Iraq, and didn’t speak Arabic. In a desperate video he posted online from Iraq, Jimmy said:

“They wouldn’t listen to me… They wouldn’t let me call my family. Nothing. They just said: You’re going to Iraq and your best bet is to cooperate with us. That way we’re not going to chain you up; we’ll put you on a commercial flight. I begged them. I said, ‘Please, I’ve never seen that country. I’ve never been there.’ However, they forced me. I’m here now… I don’t understand the language. I’ve been sleeping in the street… I’m diabetic. I can’t get insulin shots. I’ve been throwing up, sleeping in the streets, trying to find something to eat. I’ve got nothing over here.”

Aldaoud died in Baghdad, alone and miserable, apparently from lack of access to insulin. “He was literally crying every day,” said his sister.

Third and finally, ICE conducted a series of immigration raids at Mississippi food-processing plants and arrested about 680 people, the largest single-state immigration raid in U.S. history. Children came home from school to find their parents gone. An ICE official replied to criticism of this: “We are a law enforcement agency, not a social services agency.” Here is 11-year-old Magdalena Gomez Gregorio tearfully begging for her father’s release:

“Government please show some heart, let my parent be free with everybody else please… My dad didn’t do nothing. He’s not a criminal.”

If the U.S. prison system were a state, it would have a larger population than New Mexico. (A larger population than a lot of states, actually.) And yet we don’t think of “Prison” as one of the 50 states. There are lots of ways to ignore it or rationalize it. All those people probably deserve it. If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.

So much more at the link above.  Please give it a read.   Hugs

2 Comments »

  1. I can’t recall where it’s taking place, but I read that some city? state? has passed a law/ordinance that people can no longer live in their cars.

    I do understand why some cities and states are cracking down on the homeless due to garbage, drugs, etc., But there are many individuals who are working (!) and simply don’t have the money to rent a place to live. For many and various reasons, hard times have hit and they have nowhere to go. What are these people supposed to do?

    Sometimes it’s hard to understand the heartlessness of some humans.

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    Comment by Nan — August 20, 2019 @ 17:52

    • Hello Nan. It is horrible. Housing prices in some places have forced working people to have no place to live. That was the real problem with Amazon HQ in New Your city, it would have driven the people in the neighborhoods out and caused a huge spike in the cost of housing. Here is what I think they should do. Before banning something , have a replacement ready. If you don’t want people living in cars, set up places to live, set up hostels for young people , set up system to help with costs, heck at this point these people are basically willing to live in communes. There are solutions to homeless problems. In one place they set up small trailers for homeless to sleep in, they are portable and can be moved as needed. W.P.B. took a section of a city park added facilities and let the homeless set up a tent city. They made it safe and secure, the people do not get harassed, the homeless are not bothering others. It worked. Plus in case of a hurricane the city knew where to go to get people to shelter and how many there were. Again some people screamed their heads off about the city paying for the homeless but it was cheaper and safer for everyone. I forget what state it was that simply bought old homes, fixed them up and gave them to low income people in need of housing. It saved the state a ton of money. The problem is some people see doing anything for the poor as the poor taking their money, the poor getting something for free. The do not see the humans as you said. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — August 21, 2019 @ 05:34


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