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How Stereotypes Hurt the Homeless

Updated on March 15, 2015
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"Homeless Man In Edinburgh Stock Photo" Published on 28 July 2014 Stock Photo - Image ID: 100277568
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There are many social issues society refuses to understand unless they have been there. When this happens, stereotypes are created to distract the public from the real problem -- they need everyone's help. Homelessness is one of those misunderstood issues people would rather not think about; however, ignorance is the real sustainer of any social problem. Knowledge and action are the keys to solving the problem. The more people educate themselves on the real causes of things such as homelessness the more likely we are to decrease the numbers impacted by it.

Have you seen "The Pursuit of Happyness?"

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The Pursuit of Happyness

The film The Pursuit of Happyness is based on the true story of Chris Gardner's personal experience with homelessness. Many outsiders like to think homeless people are just lazy. Chris Gardner was trying to make money with a job that didn't give him much of a guarantee for income; therefore, he took a chance by trying to find a better job that would give him financial stability. At the same time, his wife had left him, taking their son with her. Later, she left their son with him after not being able to fulfill her duties as a mother. Chris did everything he could for his son, but it meant staying in different places, including a subway bathroom. Chris worked harder than most of the others in an unpaid internship to become a stockbroker, and it landed him the job. If more outsiders knew of stories such as this one they would stop looking down on the homeless.

My So-Called Life

In the series My So-Called Life Ricky becomes homeless in the episode "So-Called Angels." Not all of the details are explained, but it is obvious he has an abusive parent. Meanwhile, Angela's mother, Patty doesn't want her daughter to hang around homeless people or think of them as being like her. It isn't until Patty is forced to acknowledge that homelessness can happen to anyone that her prejudice ends, and she allows Ricky to stay in her house. Having characters like Ricky changes the minds of those who don't think about the kids affected by homelessness, or figure homelessness is only something that happens to certain people. Most who end up homeless are not lazy or did something wrong to deserve their situation.

How do you respond when a seemingly homeless person asks for change?

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Social Experiments

Social experiments assist to determine a general outlook on social issues such as society's response to homelessness. In the following video, a homeless man dresses in a suit, asking for change. As a presumed business man, people on the street were more than willing to help him out. Then, he dresses as himself, asking for change. As a presumed homeless man, nobody would even acknowledge him. These results tell us that people are only sympathetic to those in their same situation. It becomes clear when a fellow homeless man tries to give the man change while dressed in a suit; therefore, unless someone has been homeless they are less likely to help someone who is struggling.

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  • social thoughts profile imageAUTHOR

    social thoughts 

    3 years ago from New Jersey

    janshares,

    Thank you for your words, and support! The work you do is so important! You're a kind soul. :) Peace to you!

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    Janis Leslie Evans 

    3 years ago from Washington, DC

    The result of the study is eye-opening, social thoughts. People don't realize, unless they've conversed with a homeless person, as I have, that they want the same things out of life as anyone else: peace, normalcy, and stability. I feed the homeless and needy at a breakfast program I run at my church. I consider these men and families friends. We fellowship, chat, laugh, pray, and share a meal. My poem hub addresses the stereotypes that get in the way of treating everyone, particularly homeless people, with dignity. Thanks for your hub article. Voted up and interesting.

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    Mayer Beshai 

    3 years ago from Assiut, Egypt

    Well, Social thoughts I really appreciate such your work,,, good to have a mutual and common topic,,, Pleasure for me,,

    Mayer,,,

  • social thoughts profile imageAUTHOR

    social thoughts 

    3 years ago from New Jersey

    Mayer, I will be sure to read your article. :) I have been updating this one quite often.

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    Mayer Beshai 

    3 years ago from Assiut, Egypt

    Yes. , our view about them with badly affect Homeless ,,,,,

    Good topic,,, Love it,,, I think I have most interesting topic too that I published as a Hub couple days ago about Homeless community & very interesting & stunning facts as well as statistics,,,,

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    social thoughts 

    3 years ago from New Jersey

    Thank you. Well said!

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    Howard Schneider 

    3 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

    Excellent Hub, Social Thoughts. Stereotypes most certainly affect the homeless. Many people think of them as lazy, dirty, and dangerous. People should think of them as just like you and I. Bad and unlucky circumstances can hit anyone as the 2008 financial meltdown has shown. Many have fallen into this predicament since then.

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    social thoughts 

    3 years ago from New Jersey

    Of course not. :)

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    Bill Holland 

    3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I was homeless at one time. I wonder if I fit the stereotype? :)

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