Thoughts on a Washington Post Column

I recently came across a column by Courtland Milloy of the Washington Post titled “Where’s the outrage over 600 homeless children?” In this column, Milloy calls outs the city and its officials about the horrid conditions of one of the few homeless shelters in D.C.

I particularly enjoyed this column, not because of the problems in D.C., but because of how Milloy presented the situation. Using sarcasm Milloy begins the column with a simple, yet attention-getting, “Poor people, what a bummer.” His nonchalance about the issue made it seem very relevant and urgent.

Milloy not only brings up the issue of the homeless shelter being in poor condition, but that families are being turned away causing young children to be on the streets. He questions why this isn’t causing an outrage among citizens of officials, one of whom is the D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, who had been the executive director of a non-profit organization to help homeless teens.

Milloy’s sarcastic solution to the problem is that the poor get rich so they can afford housing that isn’t infested with mice. He calls out various officials by name who have done little to help and some who have been trying.

He, addresses the homeless rather than the officials by saying, “When will homeless people get the message? Not in my back yard, front yard, sidewalk, steam grate, alleyway, doorway, Metro tunnel, park bench, storefront or anywhere else within the city limits if at all possible.”

This column caught my attention because of his use of sarcasm and quotes from the officials who are supposed to be looking out for those in the city who don’t have a home.


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