I live in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country, but on one of the more “modest” streets—mostly doctors and lawyers and family business owners. (A few blocks away are billionaires, families with famous last names, media moguls, etc.) I have noticed that on Halloween, what seems like 75 percent of the trick-or-treaters are clearly not from this neighborhood. Kids arrive in overflowing cars from less fortunate areas. I feel this is inappropriate. Halloween isn’t a social service or a charity in which I have to buy candy for less fortunate children. Obviously this makes me feel like a terrible person, because what’s the big deal about making less fortunate kids happy on a holiday? But it just bugs me, because we already pay more than enough taxes toward actual social services. Should Halloween be a neighborhood activity, or is it legitimately a free-for-all in which people hunt down the best candy grounds for their kids?
—Halloween for the 99 Percent
So yeah. This lady is just flat out racist. I really don't see any way around that conclusion. The fact that she even asks this means she's the not the friendliest of folks. It's 2014, no one knows all their neighbors anymore. You might be friendly with the houses next to you, but there is no way you know every kid in your neighborhood. That's old school shit. Which means the only way to differentiate between locals and non-locals all dressed up in costumes is skin color. She basically should have said 'I don't want to give minorities candy, what should I do?'
I don't even know what the most ridiculous part of this story is. The justification for why she doesn't want to give out candy to the 'poor kids', or the fact that she actually seeked counsel on the subject? At no point in that irrational, incoherent rant did it ever occur to her that what she was writing sounded awful? This woman brings up taxes and shit and compares them to an economy size bag of candy. How much does a family have to spend on halloween candy? $20 bucks?
I really don't think she understands how little sense she is making. She does realize that giving candy to wealthy children and poor children is providing the exact the same service, doesn't she? These kids aren't panhandling outside of Saks Fifth, they are asking for a bite size Crunch bar. Of course this makes you feel like a horrible person lady. Horrible people are supposed to feel like horrible people. That's how being a terrible person works. You try to justify to yourself that you have a soul and then when you lay your head down at night you realize that you're just a shitty racist. It's no secret that kids hunt down the best candy areas. That's not a rich/poor divide. It's a good candy/bad candy divide.
P.S. 'Halloween for the 99 percent' is such a preposterously pretentious name that I can't not laugh at it.
P.P.S. "Kids arrive in overflowing cars from less fortunate areas." Yup, totally Mexicans.