I know that we live at a time when there are a lot of people who are homeless and struggling but I still have not gotten used to people begging in Brownsville.
Even though this is a poor community when I was younger no one ever asked anyone to give them money for food or anything else. People in the community provided for themselves and when in need there were friends or family to provide and it seemed no one had to depend on the kindness of strangers.
Now I’m struck by people of all races on the trains and streets of Brownsville asking for spare change. Is it just too accepted to ask for money now or do people really feel there is no other way to get help? I’m not sure anymore. My mother always says there’s no harm in asking I just wish people would think to offer help just as often as they think to ask for it.