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“I’m a human being. Not a bum.” — This homeless man’s story is something everyone needs to hear.

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“I’m a human being. Not a bum.” — This homeless man’s story is something everyone needs to hear.
Source: Facebook/EveryoneMatters

R.I.P. Ron Davies, whose tearful and dignified cry for the homeless has moved over 1.5 million people since this video was posted in 2013

“I’m not a bum… I’m a human being.”

“It’s really humiliating to be shaking a cup 24 hours a day, and people just look at you’re like some kind of little bum,” Davis says in the video. He goes on to tell the interviewer how passers-by holler at him to “get a job” and call him names. 

“I’m not a bum,” Davis says, breaking down in tears. “I’m a human being.”  

In the short clip, Davis speaks in heart-wrenching detail of being humiliated, ignored and even insulted as he panhandles in the Loop.
Davis (right) was filmed in 2012 for a video that supposedly inspired an entire series on Indiana public television tackling challenging social issues like poverty and inmate rehabilitation. In the short clip, Davis speaks in heart-wrenching detail of being humiliated, ignored and even insulted as he panhandles in the Loop. Source: HuffPost

Ronald Davis, Homeless Chicago Man, Tells Heartbreaking Story Of Life On The Streets

R.I.P. Ron Davies, whose tearful and dignified cry for the homeless has moved over 1.5 million people since this video was posted in 2013. Ron died on 30 November last year, but his son Tyron wasn’t notified until December 20 because Ron had no ID.

Below is the original, touching four minute video of Ron on the street being interviewed-putting a face to people we see daily, randomly, on the street. Ron describes his life being homeless, and tears up as he describes the indignities.

“I’m not a bum, I’m a human being,” he says, choking up with tears.

Let’s look beyond the surface, to people’s hearts.

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The video was shot in 2012 by team of students at the DePaul University, under the supervision of Media Ethics Professor Kim Clark – and has recently been spread virally due to a post on Reddit. 

Source: Everyone-Matters.com

R.I.P. Ron Davies, whose tearful and dignified cry for the homeless has moved over 1.5 million people since this video was posted in 2013 Ron died on 30 November last year, but unfortunately his son Tyron wasn’t notified until December 20 because Ron had no ID. The video was shot in 2012 by team of students at the DePaul University, under the supervision of Media Ethics Professor Kim Clark. Source: Facebook/BrightVibes
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