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Tech Entrepreneur Writes Scathing Letter About San Francisco Homeless Population, Internet Fights Back

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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.

Tech Entrepreneur Justin Keller writes rude open letter about homeless

Source: Twitter @johhny5sf

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…

Keep Reading to see just what Justin thinks of the San Francisco homeless, and just what the people of the internet think of Justin!

First off, Justin described three random, isolated incidents involving homeless people that made his life SO HARD.

excerpt from blog post about homeless in san francisco


Oh no! You and your parents had to be subjected to the sight of someone who’s clearly had a rough go at life while you were out to an expensive dinner? HOW AWFUL!

After detailing three separate incidents his friends and family witnessed involving homeless people over Valentine’s weekend, one particular passage has struck a chord with readers.

San Francisco Homeless people

Source: Flickr @ Franco Folini

Keller tells Mayor Lee “there is going to be a revolution,” wondering why the city was able to rid itself of “all of the homeless and riff raff” while Super Bowl 50 was in town, before adding that “democracy is not the last stop in politics,” with tyranny the next logical step according to “Socrates via Plato in the Republic.”

Huh… you’re saying you’d rather get a little tyrannical lovin’ than see a homeless man in the street? And how will tyranny address the root problems that lead to higher homeless numbers, anyway?