“I don’t think they’re lazy at all… Cause I know a lot of them are working, are trying to get jobs. They just can’t find anything.”
“You know, the hard part that I find… is that there are homeless people, and then there are others who prey upon a community. We’ve seen a lot more panhandlers. They kinda get into people’s faces. They threaten people. And that’s what I struggle with. We didn’t have as much of this situation even 4-5 years ago. At what point do we say, ‘Enough is enough’?”
“I can be homeless today down in the cities and get a job–same day. Gotta look hard enough and want it hard enough.”
Most people have thoughts on an issue as provocative as homelessness. However, there is a natural tendency to want to share some opinions more than others. This tendency isn’t necessarily bad. Some opinions are harmful. The real problem is when some helpful thoughts are unheard, because those who have them are afraid of being misunderstood.
This is the double-edged sword of our connected world: the capability for many to have a voice; the capability for a severe, undeserved backlash. Unfortunately, this double-edged sword sometimes causes the most-urgent issues (such as homelessness) to be the ones deprived of helpful insights and ideas.
So it is with thanks to those who stuck their necks out (pictured), I present the opinions above gathered in northern Minnesota this past weekend. I plan to share several more such thoughts in video form for my upcoming documentary series on homelessness. I plan to capture them from those in different parts of the country.