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Hidden Homeless Need Women's Support

December 16, 1990

I felt both compassion and anger for the people depicted in this article. This privileged social class is intolerant of their impoverishment and yet their goal is not to change the system, but to return to it as fast as they can.

Their social awakening seems self-serving since their determination is not to challenge their class to change, but merely to get enough money to return to it. By hiding this situation from their kids, they enable them to perpetuate a system that victimizes them.

If these women communicated their situation with their kids instead of letting them climb the economic ladder unfettered, it might impel (their children to support) social change. Why do none of these women want to revolt against these families and friends who cloister themselves in an ill-gotten world of privilege? Can they really want to return to the status quo, having seen at what price it is maintained?

MICHELE NICHOLS

Los Angeles

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