"Look, Ma! I'm homeless"
posted by Zach Patton Remember a couple months ago when those members of Congress took the "Food Stamp Challenge," trying to eat on ...
Now, the four mayoral candidates in Nashville have each accepted a challenge to be homeless for a night.
One man tried in vain to sleep on a park bench. Two others swallowed their pride as they went into restaurants, broke but hungry. With no bathroom available, another one used the woods....
The National Coalition for the Homeless has been organizing similar experiences for college students and others for the past 25 years. But the group's executive director, Michael Stoops, said it was the first time political candidates agreed to take part.
Maybe I'm too cynical, but all these mile-in-someone-else's-shoes stunts seem really cheap to me -- maybe even offensive.
Like, it's great that you want some perspective on poverty and everything. But playing homeless for one night or pretending to shop on food stamps while you hold up a box of Hamburger Helper and mug for the press just strikes me as gross. Especially when, at the end of whatever predetermined period of time, you go back to your regular menu or your comfy bed. It all just seems so pedantic, so phony.
I mean, wouldn't the poor be better served by your coming up with an anti-poverty plan of some sort, rather than spending a night on a park bench?
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
Why There Will Be Fewer Feds Monitoring the Polls This Year24 minutes ago
Obama Makes Unprecedented Endorsements Down the Ballot1 hour ago
New York Negotiates National Settlement to Make Addiction-Fighting Drugs Easier to Get1 hour ago
Trump's Message Clashes With GOP's Most Endangered Governor1 hour ago
28,000 Register to Vote After Virginia Deadline Extended Because of Website Problems2 hours ago
Minneapolis Officers Face No Discipline for Fatal Shooting of Jamar Clark2 hours ago