An atmosphere of hostility toward the homeless population

© Bebeto Matthews/AP Pallbearers carry the casket of Chuen Kok from the Ng Fook Funeral Home on Oct. 18, 2019, in New York. Kok, an 83-year-old homeless man whom Chinatown residents warmly greeted as “uncle,” was one of four homeless men bludgeoned to death in the community.

Mark 13:12 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Serial murders, beatings and beheadings: violence against the homeless is increasing, advocates say
  • According to experts and advocates, the last year has seen a spike in violence against people experiencing homelessness. There was a beheading in Colorado. A sleeping man lit on fire in the stairwell of a New York City apartment complex. An attack by four juveniles on a sleeping woman in Spokane, Wash.
  • Beyond these lurid headlines, however, are dozens of daily acts of violence occasioned by increasing collisions between the housed and unhoused populations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, experts say.
  • The increased levels of unhoused individuals have also triggered a public backlash against homelessness.
  • Advocates argue these public displacements pit the homeless against law enforcement, while also creating an atmosphere of official hostility toward this vulnerable population.

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