Occupy Oklahoma City (OccupyOKC) has had a fatality. A 20-30-something homeless man known as ‘Street Poet’ was found dead in a tent in Kerr Park near Robinson and Broadway. He had been camping in the park since October 10th. The death appears to be due to natural causes. His name has not been released. Police have said the death will be treated as a homicide until toxicology is released. The young man in the video is believed to be the ‘Street Poet.’ Very sad to see this young man who doesn’t look homeless, stoned or sound as though he is uneducated (he doesn’t even have an Okie accent).
Now that he is dead, the ‘Street Poet’ is romanticized…kinda like he was “born to do what he was doing” (homeless and probably using drugs or alcohol!).
“At a candlelight vigil last night to honor first responders, Street Poet delivered a powerful poetic commentary about the complexities of homelessness and drug abuse, and the system’s failure to adequately deal with these issues,” Faulk wrote.
“It was kind of amazing. It was like he was doing what he was born to do. And he had an audience of 50 or 60 really attentive people,” Faulk said.
The question is not why the system has failed to deal with homelessness and drug abuse. The question is, why are people not dealing with their own homelessness and drug abuse. Many do, and I know that, and I applaude them, but in general, our plight is always the fault of “the system.”
Occupy Tulsa is asking for cigarette donations! Sheesh! We are back to Flower Children and Kumbaya.
Is this the ‘Street Poet?’ (video)