Sunday, August 27, 2006

Kick Em When They're Homeless


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tara Cole, who had been living on the streets of Nashville for more than three years, spent her last night alive sleeping on a boat ramp along the Cumberland River. She was killed in the early hours of Aug. 11, when two males pushed her into the river, according to witnesses. Other homeless people couldn't save her.


In cases where the perpetrator of attacks on homeless people is known, 76 percent are people 25 or younger, Stoops said. About 80 percent of attackers are white, he said. "This might give an immature or drunk or high young adult encouragement to attack homeless people," Stoops said. "Were they to do this to any other minority group, there would be a national outcry."

That this violence happens at all is disturbing, but it's more disturbing when the perpetrators are attacking the homeless for nothing more than the thrill.

This behavior is not a sign of immaturity or caused by alcohol or drug use, this behavior is ego driven. People who enjoy hurting or destroying others they see as inferior or useless, need to see themselves as all powerful. But violence against the vulnerable doesn't make people more powerful, it makes them pathetic and a danger to everyone around them.

Any fool can hurt others. Real power comes from helping people weaker than yourself.

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