The image of urban camping from TOPIC, as sent in by Anne White for her letter. (Contributed)

LETTER: Time to investigate our stereotypes

Resident Anne White talks about our negative perceptions around tents in urban areas

While reading through the Anglican paper “TOPIC” the other day, I noticed in the section titled “Around the Diocese” there were photos of celebrations and summer events.

Not seeing the caption, only the photo, my mind went immediately to “OH, a tent city”

It took a quick double-take to register the photo was not another TENT CITY, but an urban campsite in the neighbourhood.

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We are so bombarded with media, and the negative effects of tents and the people in them — we say they are creating their own city no less — I was immediately faced with the negative reality in my own head.

A photo of a lovely fun family camp did not register, and past negative images replaced reality with judgments and negative thoughts I was not even aware I had. I will be more aware of what is navigating my moral compass.

– Anne White, Harrison Hot Springs

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