A Baltimore youth center that provides services for homeless kids was one of the places burned some and looted during the recent riots.
Culture still divides us as Americans, most of us have found the ideas and ideals that make us comfortable and define who we are. I am a little frustrated with my church at the moment. We are doing a community feed on Sunday’s, yet no one from my church is showing up to meet new people. Humans are like that, we want to feel accepted and mixing with a different culture or income bracket makes us nervous.
Before I was a homeless person, I had a soft heart for hobos, but for me to try and sit and talk with one, well it just made me too nervous. I knew nothing about them or how they lived.
Character is important to Joe For America readers and when they see young people acting violent toward the police and burning private property, it makes them angry, which I understand.
But our Christ selves is different than our cultural selves. Christ, I don’t think, cares how powerful and rich we are as Americans, and it is my belief he never judges a thing that we do or say. However, he made it clear that we are to love one another, regardless of anything; be it race, culture or economic status.
As a people we can’t write off those who struggle; be it hobo’s, the mentally ill, the elderly or poor people, just because they are different and their beliefs and attitudes make us uncomfortable.
If you don’t understand how somebody can become violent and loot, become homeless and on drugs, become old and unable to produce. Get to know someone who has done those things or is thinking about it. It may take a trip to a jail or an inner-city. But I have found, if you show a sincere interest, most people will tell you their story.
I thought I had it rough growing up, until I started talking to other homeless people. I have had it extremely easy in my life compared to others and I bet most of you, although you have struggled, can say the same thing.
Lara Law, who is the youth center’s director, told the Baltimore Sun this about those who burned and robbed her center: “I don’t condone the violence and the destruction, the tearing down of what we need in our community, but the young people out on the streets are some of the same young people we’re serving – filled with trauma and violence and a lack of opportunity their whole lives,” Law said. “It’s understandable. We have to fix our way of doing things so they feel included and that there are opportunities for them.”
You see, she doesn’t judge the people because she knows the people, what they have been through and how they think. You can keep your culture and there is a lot to be proud of there, but we can also reach across cultures and find some common ground and find solutions to the problems that keep this country from shining even brighter.
Now life ain’t all doom and gloom and I enjoy myself most everyday. Here is a celebratory hobo song I wrote when I started feeling better. Composed it on the streets of Mansfield, Texas. Hobo John here, I love you with everything that I have.
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