Nothing like titling a post after one of the best Dead Kennedy’s songs ever (Kill the Poor)–especially since, decades later, it remains terribly relevant.
Just when you thought NC could not get any worse, anyone who attempts to feed the homeless in or around Moore Square in Raleigh, NC will be arrested.
True story. Those churches in the above article have created a lovely little tradition (six years now) of purchasing hundreds of biscuits and coffees and then distributing them to people in need.
But no more. That is now illegal.
Here are a few names and numbers of folks you can contact to ask why it is the case that, despite not being told what ordinance these folks were violating, they would, nevertheless, be arrested for feeding the poor. Seriously. Go ahead and call. I’m sure it’s just one big misunderstanding. Probably something to do with keeping public places free of humans who are poor and are, therefore, beneath us.
Let me know what they said.City Council At Large Mary-Ann Baldwin – 919-996-3050 City Council At Large/Mayor Pro Tem Russ Stephenson – 919-996-3050
And, if you need to, you can sing this lovely ditty to them . . .Kill the Poor-Dead Kennedys Efficiency and progress is ours once more Now that we have the Neutron bomb It’s nice and quick and clean and gets things done
Away with excess enemy
With no less value to property
No sense in war but perfect sense at home…
The sun beams down on a brand new day
No more welfare tax to pay
Unsightly slums gone up in flashing light
Jobless millions whisked away
At last we have more room to play
All systems go to kill the poor tonight
Gonna Kill Kill Kill Kill
Kill the poor…Tonight
Behold the sparkle of champagne
The crime rate’s gone, feel free again
Oh life’s a dream with you, Miss Lily White
Jane Fonda on the screen today
Convinced the liberals it’s okay
So let’s get dressed and dance away the night
While they…Kill Kill Kill Kill
Kill the poor…Tonight
About the Author
Tripp York teaches religious studies at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. He is the author of more than half a dozen books including, Third Way Allegiance, The Purple Crown, and Living on Hope While Living in Babylon. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming three-volume collection called the Peaceable Kingdom Series. An actor and a lighting designer, Tripp also surfs and spends his weekends shoveling elephant and giraffe poop.