by Amir Cornish, Youth Poverty Skola, POOR Magazine
As a little kid, I never really cared about having a clean home. At least we had a roof over our head and we was always on the move.
When we used to open the big black Hefty bags, it was like looking into a mirror back into the past of my family history going through the generations.
I always had what we needed just in case we ever got kicked out onto the streets. I started to think to myself, and realized that the big black Hefty bag was a part of me.
Not really had a stable home, but, my home was them bags, and as a kid me and my older brother would play on them big plastic bags and I would imagine myself on mountains climbing the great walls.
For me, cleaning is not hard. What’s hard is just having a place to keep clean for a long time, but I could never fully grasp it. Like reading a book, you don’t get the answers quickly, you’re wrestling to fully understand it.
I feel like people shouldn’t be kicked out of their house just because they don’t know how to keep a place clean. For me, having a black bag was home.
Postscript: Join us in the prayer circle to open Homefulness for houseless and poor mamaz and families in June. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Amir Cornish is an activist, journalist and youth poverty skola with POOR Magazine and Poor News Network. He is also a co-builder and resident of Homefulness and co-founder of the TAZ foundation. Amir can be reached via email at email@example.com. To learn more, visit www.poormagazine.org and www.racepovertymediajustice.org.