Thursday, August 16, 2007
Mayview Closes, Insane Sent to the Ghetto
The Commonwealth announced today that Mayview State Hospital is closing, following a court-ordered directive to treat patients in a 'community setting.' The court argues that the patients have inalienable 'individual rights' that are violated by imprisonment in Mayview. A little clarification: 'Individuals with rights' means people incapable of wiping their own ass without eating the toilet paper. 'Community setting,' means the ghetto.
The theory is everyone has rights, and state mental institutions went out of fashion after 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.' But the practice of 'individual rights' in the cuckoo's nest hatches one big cluster-f**k. The 200+ patients left at Mayview aren't on their way to Pleasant Hills to live next door to the Cleavers. They're being packed off to public housing projects, or are being entrusted, Section 8 Voucher in hand, to the capable care of your friendly neighborhood slumlord.
In the ghetto, good people nimbly navigate the minefield of threats and dangers inherent in the Law of the Street. They survive based on their caginess, their faith & their family... and they don't always survive. History shows that those not up to the Ghetto challenge are low hanging fruit. When Mayview disgorged 2,000 some residents to the freedom of the ghetto in the 1980's, rape and murder savaged the former patients. Some were found freezing in the winter. Some living in piles of their own shit.
But where 'individual rights' has a perverse reality, so does the jingo 'Freedom isn't Free.'
Posted by 1111 at 9:29 AM