Numerous times, I have been reminded that naming people “homeless” or “the homeless” is insensitive, almost name calling. I used to think this was just another overly-sensitive, politically correct response from activists who spend their days looking for reasons to complain. But when I am on the streets talking to a person who is homeless I don’t start the conversation with, “Hey, you homeless person.” I usually start with, “Hi, my name is Joel. What’s yours?” Because using a person’s name is the respectful thing to do.
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I know. There are more national awareness months than seems logical. January is National Oatmeal Month, April is Poetry Month, and July is Doghouse Repair Month. Sometimes I think this country has gone “OE” (over exaggeration) in naming some “cause du jour” to be highlighted in a month.
In March, Americans celebrate coffee addiction awareness month. Does that mean no visits to Starbucks that month? Talk about sacrifice.