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twistedchick ([personal profile] twistedchick) wrote in [personal profile] liz_marcs 2013-01-15 02:20 am (UTC)

Back when I was a journalist in a small city, years ago, I noticed that the people who did not see the effect of their policies on poor people were ones who never got out of their cars. They didn't take the bus. (There was no subway.) They did not walk to work, or to the store, or to the movie theatre. The difference was glaring to those of us who did walk, who took buses, who lived in small walk-up flats built decades earlier because we couldn't afford better, more modern apartments. What I heard from the people who only traveled in cars was this: these are people I don't know, so what happens to them doesn't matter.

When they know, when it is brought home to them that the people affected are real people, real human beings, grown-ups and children and teen-agers who are suffering...

most often they have nothing to say.

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