Student’s Corner ‘Street Corner’

Ashley Lanuza, contributing student writer from San Gabriel Mission High School.

Ashley Lanuza
March 26, 2014 • 176 views

Open up to page one hundred and eighty two of John Green’s novel The Fault in Our Stars to find character Augustus Waters remark, “…but the world is not a wish-granting factory.” And the world we live in isn’t, because almost every day, you can turn around and see an unidentifiable individual holding a cardboard sign in the crowded streets of Los Angeles County. This demographic is the homeless, alive but dead on the inside, with lack of shelter, food, and basic necessities. According to the Los Angeles Almanac, more than two hundred and fifty-four thousand people experience this phenomenon. It is more than lack of basic necessities, it is struggling to survive each day in a society conformed by prejudice and apathy. In this state of living, how can the world be anything more but a dream killer?
How can this problem be combated? In all honestly, ladies and gentleman, it is our social hesitancy that stops us from really interacting and changing the lives of the people we unknowingly marginalize simply because they have not reached the social standards of success. We push these people away from our peripheral vision as we cruise down the street and they tread down the road. We roll up our windows as they walk to our cars asking for cents to make sense of their existence. Simply wanting to live. Just like us. And this is the cold, honest truth.
They are just trying to survive.

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