"Some people are homeless because they fought for this country, saw horrible shit and now they can't live in the reality they fought so hard to protect. Some people are homeless because they are mentally ill and need medical attention and for whatever reasons they are not being cared for properly. Some people are homeless because they lost everything because of misfortune or poor decisions or they were prayed upon by bad lenders. Some kids are even homeless because they ran away from abusive parents". ... Silence...
I then said, "Do all these people deserve that broad general statement you just made?". Thoughtfully she replied, "I guess not".
"Broad general statements are often untrue. Would you like it if someone said all black girls behave poorly or are ghetto?". "What's ghetto?", she asked.
"Ghetto is often defined as lowly, loud, raunchy, classless, and base", I explained.
"Oh no I would not like someone to say that."
"Well some people think that about all black girls. You can't make statements like that and also you must feel compassion for others. Especially if you do not know the circumstances that brought them there", I said. We agreed and then proceeded with our afternoon.