Here what Kay Duddy (a friend) had to say about it…
Today I was reading through some posts, and I was immediately humbled by how ignorant I have been. It’s so easy for me to say, “I am going to go help THE POOR” or “THE HOMELESS” or “THE ORPHANS.” I realized that by phrasing it this way,
1. I was (unintentionally) making myself better about what good things I do for those in need.
2. I was also placing labels on them instead of treating them as equal human beings, therefore making myself inferior.
3. Placing myself above others as though I will never fall in hard times because of my white privilege.
Instead I realized I/we should be saying, “those who are poor,” “those who are homeless,” those who are orphans,” because this implies a temporary state rather than a permanent, lifelong label.