Tech Bro’s Open Letter Is Everything That’s Wrong With How Homeless People Are Seen
It must be tough being a tech bro. On top of dealing with all the regular bro stereotypes, your constantly evolving industry and the cost of living San Francisco, you’re expected to look at poor people too? This struggle couldn’t be any more real for Justin Keller, the founder of startup Commando.io and now more notably, the worst guy in Silicon Valley.
You can’t get inducted into the asshole hall-of-fame without writing a few open letters, and that’s exactly what Keller did. Addressing the city’s mayor and police on February 15, Keller wrote that the city’s homeless population ruined his holiday weekend. In all fairness, the city’s homeless people were probably not having a great time either.
“I’ve been living in SF for over three years, and without a doubt it is the worst it has ever been,” he writes with a sense of authority typically reserved for those born and raised. “I see people sprawled across the sidewalk, tent cities, human feces, and the faces of addiction. The city is becoming a shanty town.”
He goes on to recount several incidences where homeless, possibly mentally ill people inconvenienced him and in every instance he’s the victim. The guy that gets to go home and blog about how “the wealthy working people have earned their right to live in the city.” Without any compassion or self-awareness, Keller then writes in bold: there is going to be a revolution.
YIKES. Hey buddy, a there’s another word for revolutions against already marginalized people and I’m pretty sure it’s called genocide. The solution to poverty has never been and never will be mayors, police and rich people sweeping it out of sight. The only thing your city should get rid of is your particular blend of privilege and ignorance.
Keller has since apologized for using the term “riff raff” but not much else (as if that’s the problem, here). Instead, it’s been mostly the other Justin Kellers of the world apologizing for having an unfortunately common name.