Monthly Archives: September 2008
Scammers ruin it for the real homeless people and by the real homeless people I mean the ones who don’t have homes.
Quite a few times I have been so upset with a homeless person that I wanted to kick them away from my car, yeah that sounds horrible, but their relentless effort to get money is sometimes overbearing and disturbing.
Just last week I was at Walgreens and a supposedly homeless woman approached me as I closed my car door. She asked for money for her medicine that she so desperately needed or else she would die. No, she didn’t say that she would die, but by the way she glued herself to my car and held out her hand, this must have been some serious meds, and they must have been needed ASAP. So I look over at her and my first thought was that this lady didn’t want money for medicine, she wanted money for a Colt 45 or for a fix, so I decided that I wasn’t going to give her one penntay. I strapped on my seat belt and began to put my car in reverse that is when she began to stumble and stutter for words, reached into her purse and said that she could show me the medicine bottle for her medication. I still didn’t believe that she wanted money for “legitimate drugs” but I decided that I would give her the change I had in my car. As I began picking up the nickels and dimes from the car she changed her whole story and now she needed money for a meal. Those were her words “I need money for a meal, I haven’t eaten in days.” If anyone knows me, they know that a change of story irks me to the 10th power. I seriously dislike for someone to change their story once they have started a fairly believable or unbelievable one. Stick to the first lie, it will get you further with me than changing to a whole new lie plan.
So I look over at her and that is when the kicking away from the car thought came to mind, but instead I handed her the change and she looked like she wanted to say “Heffa is this all, I said I needed a meal not a snack.” But before she could beg for more I backed out of the parking spot and went about my way. Needless to say I was never shown a medicine bottle because there never was one, if so I seriously doubt it was hers. She then scurried to the next car to start her story over again, this time with a little bit more umph, so it would sound more believable. Maybe she would get more money if she cried, who knows, I have had homeless people pull full fledge emotional break downs at my car before because they claimed they hadn’t eaten since they could remember…suuure.
For a long while I discontinued giving homeless people money. It was around 2005 or 2006ish when I made the decision that the majority of the people claiming to be homeless were indeed scammers and only wanted money for drugs or other ridiculous habits and my money enabled them to do these things. Along with the fact that some of them come up with the most ridiculous stories I have ever heard in my life. Some will even put on a dance and song routine for you if you give them money. Smh
After a while I began to feel that I may turn down someone who really needs food all because so many scammers have approached me. I decided that I shouldn’t concentrate so much on what they do with the money once it has gone from my hand to theirs. If my heart says give I would give but if my instincts said don’t give I wouldn’t….my issues with homeless -vs- scammer is no longer the determining factor.
I do quite a bit of blog browsing and it is seriously disturbing how much undercover racism there is lurking online. During my blog browsing I came to a very saddening conclusion; for many people a black man just isn’t “right” for the United States Presidency. Not because of his qualifications or lack of qualifications, not because he isn’t well spoken or aware of the country’s issues, but because he is black. Just this morning I came across at least 8 blogs that were so called political blogs, however all of the posts were strictly entries written to show the author’s distaste for Barack Obama. Now I understand that any person choosing to run for President is going to take some battering and ridicule, but these blogs which are authored by people who openly admit to be on the McCain ticket, are far more than just Republicans who feel that McCain has the right plan for this country, no these people are racists
Of course they are not openly racist; they are what I like to call the “No Not Me Racists”. They will in no way admit to being racist, not now, and probably not ever, but every part of their being dislikes black people. These “No Not Me Racists” will in no way shape, form or fashion support anything configured by a black person or that will somehow uplift black people. They will go above and beyond the call of duty to make their opinions seem “un-racist”.
While reading one blog this morning I was overwhelmed by the urge to comment anonymously just to tell her that her sneaky racist wording was not well hidden. Her use of religion as the “un-racist” backdrop was not working and she like everyone else has the right to their own opinion, but it is quite sad when your main opinion is that he is wrong for this country because he is not white.
Then came the second blog of the morning where I have no proof, but I am pretty sure that the author is someone posing as an African American and posting ridiculous entries. This blog however is in support of Obama, but the grammar and sheer ignorance of the posts scream that it is an entire blog mocking black people.
Then there is an entire website dedicated to Not Voting for Barack Obama, with comments like “We Supply the Antidote for the Obama Kool Aid” along with ridiculous racist cartoons. This stupidity along with things such as a Fox Television having a graphic during broadcast referring to Michelle Obama as Barack’s baby mama shows just how racist this country is. For those that want to believe that racism is a thing of the past, you need an awakening. There are people in America who would love to see black people back in physical and mental slavery. It would be their ultimate delight to brandish whips again and sail the seas with this time around African (Americans) as the cargo. There are many white people who are not true McCain supporters, but because his only competition is Barack Obama they will vote for McCain just to feel that they are doing their duty by keeping the White House “white”.
The question was posed somewhere that yes it may be true that most white people would never vote black, regardless of the candidate’s qualifications, but how many black people would vote white instead of just “Voting Black.”
My answer- Black people all over the USA vote white all the time. There are many McCain supporters and there were also many Clinton supporters who were African American, so I don’t think racism plays as much a part in the black vote as it does with white people, especially older white people who come from a place in time when white people were seen as superior and that was acceptable and widely believed and a way of life. So for them, that’s how it was and that’s how it is.
Today’s Date- September 29, 2008
Status of Racism- Alive and Kickin’