This was posted two years ago. It came to mind again with the uncertainty so many families are facing.
One of you all wrote a respond to this post so powerful and so strong that I wanted to share it with others. I got permission to repost her response and here is what she had to say. I truly pay homage this woman for living through the things I write about and coming out strong.
She’s right, the book Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond speaks only about the progress and the reason, the real reason it but doesn’t go into the vile belly of this stinky behemoth. What happens after the eviction? What becomes of some people?
I got ticked off big time when I read about people getting others evicted with babies, small children, teenagers, and elderly in their care. The culprit not caring what become of them just so long they got their revenge. Anyone who does something like this deserved to be left. They are scum and the other person saw them for what they were and left. There’s revenge and there’s a time when it has crossed the line into mayhem and murder. I think they deserves to be arrested for contributing to the defenseless person’s death. Who knows how often this happens? I bet if the authorities actual looked back into cases like this they would find the person does this every time they get upset with someone they are dating or in a relationship with and breaks up. They set out to destroy them.
I experienced homeless about twenty years ago and it was the most frightening and devastating thing I ever experienced. I lost everything and a few times, nearly lost my life. From the look of things I didn’t know I was still in the USA. I saw things the public doesn’t want to know about. Doesn’t want to talk about. People treat you like trash when you’re homeless. I was sick at the time is how I lost my job and my apartment. People do not know the danger a homeless person faces. They are often killed and buried without a funeral if the city’s morgue can not locate a relatives. Many are sick, I mean with physical conditions and many are mentally ill. But there are also a large percentage driven out of their homes as revenges. When they die, in most cases they are burned. There’s an entire underbelly in the country most people do not see. The homeless are taken advance of, robbed, starved, abused, raped, killed, shot, sold into sex slavery and etc. Every manner of evil the mind can conjure happens to them.
Thank you for bringing this subject to mind in your books. Many homeless people are being pursued by people just like the evil people in the stories, but it is not fictional. It’s real. And people die, children dies, old people dies. If only America would look at this population as this writer have looked at it. This problem wouldn’t exist. People are often made homeless out of revenge by an ex or the ex significant other. They don’t care there are babies, small children, teenagers or old people at risk. It’s all about getting revenge no matter who else die in the progress. A. White thank you for uncovering what really happens after the eviction. That’s why I roll my eyes every time I read about some so-called social progress. It’s only important when there’s money to be made. I’ve been here two years and that’s what I liked about your blog the first day reading it. It wasn’t about a crop of phoney bullshit. When you see bullshit. You called it what it is.
I am glad you didn’t end up a statistic. (((HUGGG)) Hope you are doing better now. Actually Velma, I was making up things about the character Ana BuFaye being evicted because of lies told on her and how merciless people are. Thank you for opening my eyes that these sorts of things, in fact do happens.
Things like this is why I write the things I do. You never know who you maybe helping overcome what.
UnHoly Pursuit: The Devil On My Trail is talking about the exact same scenarios as mentioned in this book:
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
One of you all referred this book to me a few months ago saying you saw where I developed the environment in the first book UnHoly Pursuit: The Devil On My Trail and Bea’s Halloween from.
The situations mentioned in this book is the foundation I built Ana and Bea’s situation upon because if things continue in this same manner which I don’t foresee any imminent changes, these situations will still be around 500 years from now. I wrote it was if the situations do not improve by the 25th century this will consist of over half of the American population. Only a lucky few will still still have permanent housing. Right now, it’s a money mill. The book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. Explain how it works.
One reviewer of $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America hit it dead on the head when she wrote:
“Affluent Americans often cherish the belief that poverty in America is far more comfortable than poverty in the rest of the world. Edin and Shaefer’s devastating account of life at $2 or less a day blows that myth out of the water. This is world class poverty at a level that should mobilize not only national alarm, but international attention.”
—Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickeled and Dimed
$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America
I found this one on the side line. It talks about the same subject I merely put in a fictional concept. I’ll admit I have read this one yet but intend to.
Believe it or there are people in this country who survives on less than this per day that’s what I was illustrating in UnHoly Pursuit: The Devil On My Trail and Bea’s Halloween.