As I travelled my usual route into work this morning through the badlands of West Philly, I witnessed the usual Thursday morning phenomenon. I usually make my way down 36th Street between 7:00 am and 7:30 am every day. I never get stuck in traffic on this route as no one in this community is rushing off to work in the morning. I rarely see any human beings in Mantua in the morning. Bustling is not a word that describes this section of West Philly. They are snug in their government issued posturepedic beds, in their government subsidized low income luxury townhouses, watching their government subsidized Direct TV, and munching on pork rinds and cheetos bought with their EBT card.
Thursday mornings are different. There is a large non-descript building on the corner of 36th & Haverford Ave. housing the Grace Lutheran Evangelical Church. Below is a partial picture of the building.
On Thursday’s there is a long line of folks with their grocery carts in tow lined up in front of this building. They even bring their own chairs to stake out their position in line. By my estimation they are lined up two hours before they open the doors. It is sort of a Black Friday in Squalorville. This morning there was even a dude in his government subsidized Hoveround in line. Did you know those hoverounds are practically free? I couldn’t help noticing that 80% of the people waiting for the free food were obese. I thought the point of distributing food to poor people was to prevent them from starving. It sure is working, because there were no famished people in that line.
I’m a big fan of those who are well off, donating food and money to foodbanks to help those less fortunate. But I have a sneaking suspicion that the “free” food being distributed to the fine folks in West Philly has been donated at gunpoint by your tax dollars. The government has taken over deciding how charity should function. It’s almost as if the Savior himself was handing out the food to his people. I wonder if I would get any funny looks if I parked my car, got out and joined the ranks of the Free Shit Army in the line. It would probably make for a humourous post if I lived to tell it.
I wonder how many people would line up if they were distributing brooms, trash bags, paint brushes and hammers and requesting that these people clean up their neighborhood? What a silly question. That’s the government’s responsibility.
The Free Shit Army marches onward to its rendevous with destiny.
Here is a link to google maps. If you click Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church and then go to Street View, you can experience my morning commute firsthand. If you cruise down 36th street, you can see some beautiful murals of black people doing great things. You may see a few $25,000 hovels with a few $60,000 Escalades parked nearby.
You know who will be showing up at the food bank sometime today.