Viva La Homeless
Gentrification: “the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents.”
That’s the official definition of “gentrification” from Merriam-Webster’s unabridged dictionary, but think predominantly rich, predominantly white kids moving into neighborhoods in Brooklyn that were traditionally inhabited by poor immigrant and minority populations and you’re on the right track.
Gentrification happens in pretty much every major city in the United States, and it’s a touchy subject because there isn’t exactly a position you can take on the issue that’s more right than another.
But one San Francisco tech entrepreneur definitely crossed the line when he published an open letter to SF Mayor Ed Lee and Chief of Police Greg Suhr demanding that they address the growing population of homeless in the city, pretty much because he doesn’t want to see them on his walk to work.
The man in question is named Justin Keller, and in his open letter he makes some pretty bold statements:
“I know people are frustrated about gentrification happening in the city, but the reality is, we live in a free market society. The wealthy working people have earned their right to live in the city. They went out, got an education, work hard, and earned it. I shouldn’t have to worry about being accosted. I shouldn’t have to see the pain, struggle, and despair of homeless people to and from my way to work every day. I want my parents when they come visit to have a great experience, and enjoy this special place.”
Needless to say, the people of Twitter were quick to jump on Justin’s dehumanizing cry for action, and they totally gave him a taste of his own medicine. But you haven’t even seen the worst of this guy’s thoughts yet…