Public Comment

Offensive Euphemism

Carol Denney
Friday July 25, 2014 - 09:27:00 AM

"Clean up"? Sara Gaiser's article repeatedly uses the same offensive euphemism for the policy of constantly relocating homeless poor people - "clean up." The City of Berkeley refused to provide toilets, garbage pick-up, or the campground this city has sorely needed for years to those it deliberately displaced from the Bulb, so it played a very affirmative role in the ensuing difficulties. People, and the belongings they need, are not garbage. 

Does it really take another tent city on the city hall steps to convince these city council representatives to do something more practical than herding people from one place to another hoping they go away?