A Home, Is It A Privilege or A Right?

FOX news once again displays its ignorance by blaming minorities for the housing crises.

It certainly is not the predatory white supremacist capitalist system…oh no it is those stubborn bodies of colour that refuse to pull themselves up by the boot straps. 

The recent financial crises of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and AIG could just be the eye opening experience that many people need.  This system that so many have chosen to embrace uplifts a chosen few and subjects many to abject poverty and inhumane living conditions.  Where has your faith in the market left you now?

With the ideology of meritocracy many falsely laboured under the belief that if someone was homeless that it was an individual failing.  A child born to a single welfare mother no matter how much she/he is loved will start life with a considerable disadvantage in comparison to someone born with the last name Kennedy, or Walton.  This is a divide that can never be bridged no matter how hard the poor child labours.  As I watch my children grow I think of the opportunities I cannot provide for them and yet they are still better off than so many other children who are born beneath the poverty line.

As capitalism continues to falter the ruling bourgeoisie continue to prop up their position by assuring us that socialism is good for them but not for the masses. When we accept this position we are in collusion with those that seek to oppress us for their own gain.  With the latest bail out, the proletariat are finally beginning to seethe with rage. FOX warned against a class war but really in whose interest are we avoiding confronting this unbalanced system?  It is certainly not in the interest of the disappearing middle class, the working class or the underclass to pretend that daily the quality of life is not eroding.

Why is it that we seem to feel that some have the right to live in splendour while others are not even entitled to a home.  Shelter is a basic human need, it is not some greedy want like a shiny bauble on the finger, or the latest Gucci purse.  There is a lot of talk about foreclosure in the media but very is little is said about where these families are ending up.

For many suddenly finding themselves without a place to live is something that they never could have perceived of.  Homelessness is something that happens to other people.  It happens to those that were shiftless, lazy, irresponsible or drunks, but certainly not to middle class people who had “paid their dues” to society.

The BBC has a story about a an all womans car park where the recently homeless sleep.  It is filled with the stories of women who are shocked to find themselves in this position after a lifetime of playing by the rules.  How long is it before we start to see the return of Tent Cities?

We can not afford to look at this as an individual failing.  Those that were already living on the margins before the crises began are in an even more vulnerable position.  This is an institutional problem, and we must begin to look at ways in which to assure that each person has a good home.  The longer we continue to believe that the rich deserve more capitol bailouts and not those that daily struggle to survive not only will the gap increase but more and more people will find themselves experiencing the unimaginable – homelessness.

H/T eternal_llama

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