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The Brutality of Racism

One theme that is clear in Same Kind of Different as Me is the intensity of the racism that has shaped coauthor Denver Moore's life. While some might like to pretend that the effects of racism in the US are over, Moore's life story makes it clear that racism not only shaped his early years and the opportunities he had—which put him on a path toward homelessness—but that it lingered in the ways that people treated him up to the time of cowriting this memoir. The effects of racism are especially clear in Moore's descriptions of sharecropping and its resemblance to slavery, as well as the time three white boys threatened him as he helped a white woman change a tire. They are also clear in Ron Hall's account of how he viewed the homeless black population around his art gallery.

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The Dehumanization of People Experiencing Homelessness

Moore's and Hall's stories speak to the way in which people experiencing homelessness are dehumanized. Hall writes of going to the Fort Worth airport to catch a private plane and feeling thankful that the city has been working to get rid of the homeless people who used to panhandle in the area; it is clear that he is either unaware of the consequences of this forcible removal on the homeless population or that he does not care. He is willing to let a minor inconvenience to him (being forced to see people in poverty and to grapple with whether or not to share his wealth) take priority over far more important aspects of the lives of people grappling with homelessness in the area—for example, where they will be able to sleep and spend their days, if they will be able to get the money they need to subsist, and how many of them will be jailed as the city "cleans up" the area. It is clear that his response is tied partly to racism, partly to the way in which Hall's wealth...

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