Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Behind the Wall

If you ever lived in a city maybe you can relate to this, you're walking down the street minding your own business when all of a sudden some person comes up to you with a clipboard and pen begging you for your time and money... Now I dont know if these people have an official job tittle but I call them Professional Bums. They stand on the street "fighting" for the environment, or supporting a government offical, or my favorite was a man who asked me if I would like to donate money to help stop racism. I was in a hurry to get to class so i apologized that I couldn't stay and talk, and then he yelled "you dont have to apologize to me, just dont be racist, whitey!" No joke, he called me whitey and I turned around and looked him in the eye and shook my head in disbelief.
Sometimes I will sit an talk to these people to see what ideas there selling me, "Are you interested in saving the rain forest?" or "Do you care about the environment?" OF COURSE I DO!! I am a tree hugging hippie, I love to walk in the woods and enjoy the outdoors, but if i don't acknowledge these people they give me an attitude and say "fine, have a nice day," or something that guilt trips you. Now a days there is facebook with applications that you can download an share that claims it donates money to saving the environment, it makes you feel like your doing your part in saving this planet, from your computer.
My point is this seems like a great alternative to raise money and spread awareness but you dont have to get involved, your money is all matters to them. This is just another way to seperate yourself from actual problems, hiding from the truth and hoping that your $5 dollar donation will help stop world hunger.
Open your eyes people, if you care or want to make a difference its up to you to get off your ass and get involved.

1 comment:

Bill Evertson said...

Nice meeting up with you today at Earthfest in Boston. These clipboard dudes are a ruse. Pass them by. Just another panhandler. Plus- there are plenty of programs to help those panhandlers if they really wanted to get clean and sober.