Circle of Poverty
This is the scariest, most informative, mind-blowing class that I have ever taken. When I originally signed up for this class, I was excited, but not excited for the right reasons. I was excited because I’ve never taken a Mass Communications class. I didn’t know that the information I came across and the people I met would change my life.
It’s frustrating, too. It’s frustrating to think that I went to university in Gainesville for three years, and I wasn’t aware of the growing homeless population. It’s frustrating that I didn’t care to learn about it. I live near Atlanta, and whenever I see individuals sleeping on the street or under bridges, my heart goes out to them. It doesn’t make me uncomfortable, but it makes me sad. I think that’s how everyone is. I don’t believe that people are scared or ashamed of homeless individuals. I think it just makes them sad. I, for one, don’t like to be sad, so it’s pretty understandable that other people don’t want to be sad either.
But I think we need to be sad. We need to explore topics and concepts that don’t make us comfortable. We need to understand how other people feel, and try to fix the problem. What I’ve learned throughout this project isn’t that homeless people don’t have money because they don’t want to. I’ve learned that there is a serious problem with poverty in Hall County. There is a lack of affordable housing. There is a lack of jobs, unless you want to work at a chicken factory, where you have to wear long boots because the chicken blood is so high. There are problems much deeper than not having money.
I don’t think that tackling homelessness is going to change anything. I think we need to get down to the root of the problem. There are too many fundamentally wrong systems in place for people living in poverty. The circle of poverty is a real thing, and it is so easy to get caught in it.
I’ve met people who have been homeless for years, escaped homelessness, and are about to be homeless. They are trying to do better, but how can we expect them to function in a system that isn’t built for them?