Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Face of the Poor

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Face of the Poor

Article excerpt

I am the homeless man sitting on the sidewalk, quietly asking you for a dollar, a quarter, anything; however, you ignore me as you always do when you walk past.

I am the woman sitting on the bus with two black eyes, bruises and too many children to feed; whose eyes you cannot meet, whose story you don't want to hear.

I am the crying child torn from the arms of her mother by a government worker due to a misunderstanding you would never understand.

I am the neighbor who is an oddity in the community, whose house is rundown and yard left in disorder; whose family hasn't visited or called in months and seems to have forgotten.

I am the teenager who has made one bad decision after another, who's been given second, third and fourth chances to redeem myself only to end up doing what I do best: make bad decisions and repeatedly fall out of society's grace. …

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