While panhandlers and homeless folks are rapidly becoming a more common sight on our streets, one reaction is to criminalize being poor, as Columbia SC has done, or install metal spikes near doorways where transients sleep. But as 40 million homeless Americans walk our streets everyday, this mentality lends itself to the ideology on which concentration-camps are born. Our system is a game of musical chairs, and while business owners propose punishments for being poor in a system with ever fewer income opportunities, it is only a matter of time before the rest of us find ourselves unemployed and homeless. As monopolization continues it is crazy to think that everything will be okay if we continue to adhere to the status-quo. America is now a collective of individuals cooped up in their individual houses, hating on everybody else, watching television to better ignore a society rotting from the core. No person is an island, and we’re all just a paycheck away from being homeless ourselves.
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