Originally Posted by WillYouStopDave
OTOH, some people never even see homeless people and think of it as a faceless and unfathomable sort of thing that only happens to other people in other places and could never happen to them. Something like that might be the only time some people ever see a homeless person. Regardless of the intent of the person who posted it, it could have unintended impact on others. Such as yourself. You were not laughing even if that person thought it was funny.
And by the way, I have kind of a similar meme on my profile in my album. It's been there for years. I have an enormous amount of compassion and empathy for the homeless. Laughing at a stupid joke does not necessarily mean much in and of itself.
I found it confusing since he has lived in a neighbourhood populated with the homeless for years, and encounters them everyday. Since this particular homeless man is often seen in the area, many locals know him by name, and in the caption, he referred to him by name as well. My neighbour harassed the same man last week and told me a story about it, it worries me to realize this homeless man (and others) are being harassed, and sometimes targeted by others.
I found it demeaning since I believe every person has inherent value and worth, homeless or not, and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Making a mockery out of a person and their plight seems to strip them from that.
Where I live I know how ugly and scary it gets, I talk to locals who have been beaten and assaulted to the point of serious hospitalization. They were targeted due to race, homelessness etc. It’s reality.
No one decides to assault or even kill the homeless (as we see on the news) one day for no reason, it often starts with certain mindsets and attitudes that individuals possesses that leads them behaviourally to do so. I believe we do not need more negative posts circulating on the internet planting seeds of discrimination and dehumanization in society.