Thursday, July 3, 2014
Media portrays Asians as the new Archie Bunkers
From NBC 4:
A group of residents in a Queens community is protesting a homeless shelter being set up in the area, fearful it will bring an increase in crime and a decrease in property value.
At a rally in Elmhurst Monday night, hundreds of neighbors complained that they were never consulted about the shelter being built at the former Pan Am Hotel.
"I believe there are a lot more neighborhoods they can find shelters for," said resident John Quinto. "This neighborhood is up-and-coming."
Elmhurst is a diverse, middle-class neighborhood with large Hispanic and Asian populations. Many of the protesters Monday carried signs in Asian languages.
In the middle of the protest, a few of the homeless families staying at the shelter showed up to give their own message to the residents who don't want them there.
"We ain't leaving, we ain't leaving," they yelled from across the street, provoking loud boos from the protesters in response.
And there you have it. It's not a temporary shelter because they ain't leaving.
The other news media outlets unfortunately chose to focus on a protestor's sign that mentioned "hobos" but failed to explain that the residents of this shelter have exhibited some very hobo-like behavior like walking around in their pajamas, causing problems at area stores, trespassing on residents' property and other fun stuff. Most media also failed to mention that the shelter dwellers dragged their kids down to the rally to tell the protestors to "go back to China". Yes, it makes a lot of sense to tell the people who are funding your freebies to leave the country. And that's not racist or anything.
There are cultural differences, yes. But the fact of the matter is that there is a very small percentage of Asians who are homeless, and they don't understand how healthy able-bodied people are walking around in the middle of the day in their pajamas while they are generally at work more than 12 hours a day. Most of the country used to feel this way, but then the 1960s happened when tossing one's pride aside and living on the government dole became an acceptable way of life.
And before someone starts the typical, "any one of you can be homeless" and "high rents are forcing people into the streets", we know this is not true. People gentrified out of expensive neighborhoods move to less expensive neighborhoods. They don't go to homeless shelters. And if you maintain good relationships with your family and friends, you will never end up out on the street no matter how bad things get. 25% of the people in shelters come from out of state. And the rest made a litany of really bad choices for a prolonged period of their lives.
Religious organizations used to house the homeless. But then the government decided that they could make a business out of it that would profit their pals, so we have groups like Samaritan Village - which is run by former commissioners for the City - getting all the dough. Yet no one cares to report on this giant tweeding scam. An Asian with a politically incorrect sign is much better clickbait.
To its credit, the Times Ledger had the best coverage of what went on inside the meeting and actually mentioned what the residents of the shelter do in their ample spare time.