Break the Stereotype

We have all been stereotyped. In today’s world, stereotyping has become the norm because it helps society identify a group of people through generalizations. These generalizations may be good or bad. Unfortunately, the homeless population gets the short end of the stick. These stereotypes produce really bad misconceptions and is a big reason as to why they get no help or are assaulted. For today’s post, I will debunk the top stereotypes that negatively impacts the homeless:

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All homeless people are criminals/dangerous

Actually, very few crimes are committed by this demographic. According to Writer Dawn Foster of The Guardian, crimes are being committed to the homeless. These people are hit, kicked, robbed, threatened, and verbally assaulted.

 

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All homeless people are lazy

As THHI states, “being homeless takes a lot of work”. The homeless are sleep-deprived because they have to look out for their safety. They also have no food, clothes or shelter to support their basic human needs. Being homeless can make anyone mentally and physically exhausted.

 

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All homeless people are uneducated

Author Katherine Garcia of Everyday Feminism states that most homeless people have an educational background or are getting an education. Factors such as, low hiring rates and student debts, create obstacles for making ends meet.

 

What are these stereotypes doing?

  • Makes people avoid the homeless due to fear
  • Makes people believe that the homeless deserve this low quality of life

 

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These stereotypes are dangerous because it makes people ignore and offer no help to the homeless. On top of that, it enables the homeless to continue living in an environment that invites many forms of assault. Because society neglects the homeless due to stereotypes, they have a harder time getting food, clothes, jobs, shelter, medical help, and social interaction. If these stereotypes continue to be believed, the homeless will have no chance of getting off the streets due to lack of resources and help.  Ultimately, these stereotypes invite neglect and assault, which worsens the mental and physical health of the homeless.

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Something as little as debunking stereotypes can go a long way. You can save many lives and reduce the homeless population by doing so. Start sharing with your colleagues, friends, and family!

In my next post, I’ll discuss opportunities to share awareness about homelessness. Hint: these are the ‘good stuff’ that makes your resume/CV stick out).

 

 

Stay tuned!

 

 


References

Dawn Foster. “Crisis report reveals shocking dangers of being homeless”. The Guardian, 23 Dec. 2016. https://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2016/dec/23/homeless-crisis-report-attack-violence-sleeping-rough. Accessed 9 Feb. 2018.

“Myths about Homelessness”. THHIhttp://thhi.org/about-homelessness/myths-about-homelessness/. Accessed 10 Feb. 2018.

Katherine Garcia. “8 Common Myths About Homelessness – Debunked”. Everyday Feminism, 17 June 2016. https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/06/myths-about-homelessness/. Accessed 10 Feb. 2018.


 

 

Welcome!

Welcome to my blog! My name is Kubo and I know some greats ways to boost your resume/CV. But before I share this secret, I want to share a story…

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I work in a marketing company in Downtown Toronto . Before I get to work, I drink a cup of coffee in Tim Hortons. One day, I was approached by a man with a white coat. He politely asked to sit at my table, and I said sure. We had a short conversation and 10 minutes later, he left. As I left the shop, I noticed a man with the same white coat, except he was sitting on the floor with a sign reading “Homeless. Out of job for year”. Was this really the same man who I had coffee with? I went closer, and it was him. This shocked  me – he was an ordinary, well-rounded, polite person. How can a nice man be in this situation?

This sparked my research in homelessness, and I found many devastating facts about this population. According to CBC News:

  • 200,000 people are homeless in any given year
  • 30,000 people are homeless in any given night
  • 50,000 people are ‘hidden homeless’ – have no guarantee of continued housing
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Unknown photographer: Source: American Hope Resources

Homeless hub reports that factors, such as a loss of job, family abuse, or poverty can lead to homelessness. On top of living on the streets, homeless people have difficulty getting access to food, clothes, and shelter. They are also stereotyped and face assault from unfriendly strangers.

 

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Now you’re probably wondering, why am I telling you this and what does this have to do with your resume/CV?

The man I had coffee with could have been anyone: your friend, a co-worker, or a relative. The homeless are forgotten about and there are some serious misconceptions about them. My goal is to bring more awareness to you about this population and the struggles they face.

 

 

By being educated on this matter, you may become interested in playing an active role with helping this demographic. For example, you can start an awareness program or volunteer for ongoing fundraisers/events (all of which I will mention in future posts). This will look great on your resume/CV and you gain additional skills that can be applied in any professional setting!

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Let’s embark in this journey together and help those in need.

Stay tuned for more posts!


References

“30,000 Canadians are homeless every night.” CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 19 June 2013, www.cbc.ca/news/canada/30-000-canadians-are-homeless-every-night-1.1413016. Accessed 31 Jan. 2018.

“Causes of Homelessness.” Homeless Hub. http://homelesshub.ca/about-homelessness/homelessness-101/causes-homelessness. Accessed 8 Feb. 2018.


 

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