Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Harassing the Homeless

Posted by on Tue, Jan 29, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Nashville’s homeless community is justifiably outraged by this YouTube video in which some chucklehead cruelly mocks a couple of street people. Charles Strobel, founder of the Room in the Inn shelters, brought the video to the attention of Pith. “The homeless showed it to us and our staff here is upset about it,” Strobel says. “It needs to be exposed because of the bigotry that’s there and the ridicule of people in an unfortunate condition.” One homeless man, who asks not to be named, tells Pith, “This is exploitation of the downtrodden. I guess you can video anything you want and you can hate anyone you want, but that doesn’t make it right.” This video surfaces at a time when Nashville is about to crack down on panhandling because beggars are bothering downtown tourists and residents. Isn't that ironic?

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