Invisibility

What does it mean to be invisible?

How can you raise awareness about invisible populations?

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This photograph shows a homeless man being ignored by men standing near him. Homeless people are often called an “invisible” population. No, they are not actually invisible, but they are disregarded by society. If you were to drive 90 minutes to NYC, you would find homelessness all around you. They usually sit off to the side and hold a sign asking for assistance. Sadly, very few people stop and help these people. Rapidly declining are the days where a good samaritan would go out of their way to assist someone in need. The number of those instances are going down due to the rising amount of self centered individuals engrossed in their mobile devices. (Tokyo Times)
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The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez- nonfiction

  • Panchito and his brother are told to run into fields to avoid being spotted by a school bus. Papa told them to hide because if they were caught by the school bus driver, the school system would know that the children weren't going to school and were truants. This shows that they were invisible to the school system and government. (Jimenez 69)

  • At the end of the story, Panchito’s family packs up to leave the old garage they had called home for several months to move to an area with more agricultural jobs. This upsets Panchito because he had been enjoying himself at school. For example, he began to learn English and how to play the trumpet from his teacher, only real friend. The family didn't think about how it would effect Panchito, and he may of felt invisible bacuaes they didn't take him into consideration. (Jimenez 71)
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Homeless Children- nonfiction

The children mentioned in the article are considered invisible because they keep their issue private and it isn't always visible to the public. For example, in the article Patricia Nix-Hodes, director of the Law Project at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, said,”It tends to be less visible. .....People aren't literally on the street.” This shows that the child is still homeless, but their type of homelessness doesn't match the stereotype associated with homelessness for many other people, thus they are forgotten. ("'Invisible' Homeless Kids Challenge States).

Sources

N.d. Tokyo. Web.


Jiménez, Francisco. The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child. New York: Scholastic, 1997. 66-71. Print.


Wiltz, Teresa. "'Invisible' Homeless Kids Challenge States." 'Invisible' Homeless Kids Challenge States. Pew Trusts, 3 Dec. 2014. Web. 29 May 2015.