Opinion

Open Letter to the Filthy Rich

Multiple Multi-millionaires and Billionaires in America

Dear Filthy Rich People,

How can you people standby and watch Americans get evicted from their homes because the coronavirus put them out of work? It’s bad enough that so many individuals and families face food insecurity daily, for which you do nothing. It’s bad enough that million upon millions of Americans now have no health insurance, for which you did nothing.

What many of you have done during this pandemic is to continue to make money, large amounts (obscene amounts) of money. Money you made off the working men & women of America and some of you made money off government largess. From March to June 2020, Jeff Bezos has made $48 billion and he’s done nothing to help Americans in critical need of help! Others of his ilk haven’t made as much, but they’ve still made billions.

You, the filthy rich, could stop the evictions to save an estimated 17 to 28 million people who will be homeless. This is not the Great Depression of the 1930’s. There is no reason that you, who made your money off the sweat of American workers, can’t intervene. Now, I know you’ll say that President Trump signed an Executive Order preventing evictions. Well, yes and no. He sign an EO containing language about evictions. As reported in a Forbes article, “Trump’s order doesn’t actually extend the federal eviction moratorium. Instead, it calls on the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to “consider” whether an additional eviction ban is needed.” Saying he did is just another in a long line of falsehoods Donald Trump has told to America.

So, knowing there is no stopping evictions at this time, what are any of you doing to stop it? Worse, how many of you filthy rich are the ultimate landlords of housing in America? But, you’d rather quietly sit back and allow these people to be evicted. The only thing likely to get you off your asses, is if you start losing money. Then, and only then, will you care. By your behavior, you filthy rich, you are showing your prejudice, bigotry, and racism!

Black and Brown minorities will be affected by evictions more than White Americans. According to an article from The Center for Public Integrity, “it’s deeply troubling,” said Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a nonprofit that advocates for affordable housing. “We’ve known for some time that there is a tremendous risk of extremely low-income renters being harmed by this crisis and being evicted, and we’ve known that such evictions would have a disproportionate impact on Black and brown and extremely low-income and historically marginalized people.

Have you filthy rich no morals, or are you too busy worshiping the almighty dollar? Good old Capitalism, again, takes priority over human life. It seems to be that the only thing you can show the world is how you exploit people for your own personal gain.

Unemployment, food insecurity, eviction, and illness are all that common people “get” in this time of a pandemic. You rich folks are too uncaring to prevent evictions, to provide a sustainable stipend for people to be food secure, maintain their health, and to have no fear of what comes tomorrow.

You rich people are the animals of American society!

Sincerely,

John Common Citizen

Until next time

Even the best of us need to blow off steam from time to time.

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