From the submitter:
College graduate becomes voluntarily homeless for a couple of months, grows beard, decides the lifestyle is not for him. give him nine thousand bucks so he can write and print a book about his struggle.
some might argue that this money would be put to better use at a homeless charity, but if Rich’s book raises sufficient public awareness then soon we won’t even NEED homeless charities
Love these kickstarters where middle class/upper-middle class white people decide to go on a journey of self-discovery by becoming one of the poors. So you try on a different hat and ultimately decide it doesn’t look good on you and then you write a book and sell it to other people who have the money available to spend it on something like a book so they have this third-hand experience about what it’s really like to be homeless. All the while real ass people don’t have food, a change of clothes, a warm meal and have gained absolutely nothing from your experiment.
This just seems so perverse and exploitative.
Maybe the guy had good intentions. It certainly sounds that way but geeze louise, man.
Please don’t write books about your three month long stint as a homeless guy. Please don’t sell a book about the time you, as a lark, decided to be a homeless dude for awhile. Please don’t ask for nine grand for your book.
Please do donate to charities, volunteer at shelters/food banks/soup kitchens etc.
Side note, please don’t tweet about how you gave some homeless dude your leftovers. Don’t vine yourself giving homeless people money. Don’t make homeless people pose for instagram photos with you holding the money. Why is it so hard to be a good person without telling everyone you’re a good person. Why is it so difficult not to treat homeless people like props in exchange for the new currency of likes and retweets.
My Homeless Experience in Chicago