I think that if the same test were run here we’d get the same results. There are so many misconceptions out there about the poor…even amongst the poor. There will always be exceptions to the rule, of course, but the evidence from this test is clear: the poor are like you and me, they just don’t have any money! Of the almost 5,000 people tested in Utah, twelve, count them, 12, failed the drug test. If you tested people randomly who walk out of some of the more expensive restaurants or bars in town, and you might just find much higher numbers of failed drug tests.
I was just about to embark on a lengthly rant about how we treat the poor when I ran across this blog and decided to share it with you. This is Sharon Beder’s website and I’m letting her do the ranting for today. She would definitely pass as a rebel and a dangerous radical in Stephen Harper’s world so that’s why I kind of like her work. I’m not saying I agree with everything on this website, but she has some interesting insights into why we treat the poor the way we do and why we blame them for everything they are and aren’t. Click on the link below to see what I mean. Then we can talk.
Just saying, though, that if money equals mobility and life, then poverty must equal immobility and death. Zombies are such a good metaphor for the homeless, aren’t they?