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Friday, December 14, 2007

Like Rob, Homeless Woman Refuses To Give Out Last Name Out of Fear of 'Stigmatized'

This winter Baltimore is attempting to clean up the shanty-towns that have grown up under major overpasses throughout the city. No real news here. I just got a kick out the reaction of this homeless woman: [emphasis mine]
A homeless woman named Donna was the first to depart in one of several vans. She said she had been living under the JFX since July and that she was ready to get out of the cold. She also expressed concern that if she did not leave quickly she would be evicted.

"It looks like they are going to kick us out," said Donna, who declined to give her last name for fear of being stigmatized. "If we choose to live here, we should be allowed to make that choice."
Donna has been living under an overpass since July and she's worried about being stigmatized, by giving out her last name to a reporter? I'm not saying living under the Jones Falls Expressway is entirely her own doing (though let's not kid ourselves, it most likely is), I'm just saying that once you have chosen to live under a highway, maybe you've already decided how you want people to view you as a person...Full article here.

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