A Voice for the Houseless: Insults Don’t Help
Raelee Childers, houseless and with a substance abuse problem, is writing a sometimes column for us. She says she hopes to open the hearts and minds of those that are so quick to judge a book by its cover. Comments will be monitored for civility towards the author as well as other commenters. Disagreements are fine. Personal attacks are not.
Time and time again when looking through the articles that get posted either on the Lost Coast Outpost or the Redheaded Blackbelt, I casually glance at the comments from people in the community. Now, I’ve noticed that usually, it doesn’t matter what the article is about, there is always someone commenting about some “tweaker” or saying whatever the problem is, its because of the homeless people.
First off, I am houseless not homeless. “Home is where the heart is”, correct? Well, let me ask you now, where is your heart at?
The things that we teach our children are things like “If you don’t have something nice to say don’t say it at all” or even “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Yet, here I am seeing those things being said by the adults that are teaching their children those things not to do. I’m disgusted by the continuous put-downs, insults, the name calling and also people playing the blame game. Mainly blaming the people that aren’t going to stand up and defend themselves, because what’s the point? It’s not going to change anything.
We are the ones who people look down on because we don’t have a job or fancy car or four walls and a roof over our head. Despite those things, we are no different than a judge sitting in a courtroom or even the Police Officers that are supposed to be there to protect the people and keep peace between the people within the community as a whole not just who they choose to protect and serve.
So what if I don’t have a house or job or car or even a 401k. That doesn’t mean I’m not human also or that I don’t have a heart that does hurt from reading these comments. I mean, come on, people. Grow up here. Are we still in grade school or high school? Because that’s how some of you are acting like children. Why are so many people in this community so hateful to the less fortunate? You may think that we live such an easy life and there should be no free ride per se but you’re wrong. Every day it’s a struggle or fight to even survive in this world we live in today. When it rains, we don’t have a place where we can go to get warm and dry or just sleep. Believe me it’s not as easy as you think it is. I’ve tried to go get a job to get myself out of the situation but yet how can I do that when I’m constantly worrying about the police throwing away my belongings or my blankets or my clothes or even my paperwork. Important things that could possibly help me in getting a job or place to live.
And yes, I do have a substance abuse problem with methamphetamines but does that mean that I don’t have feelings, too? so when you label me as a tweaker just know that it does hurt just like when I was in school growing up being called names all the time. It’s no different now as it was back then. I’m hoping in writing a few columns for Kym Kemp that I may be able to open the eyes of people in this community and who knows it may help in solving the homeless problem that there is in this County.
Thank you for hearing what I have to say, until next time…..