Shanesha Taylor, homeless 38-year-old Mother, was arrested following a job interview. Taylor, unable to afford daycare, was excited to get the opportunity to interview for a job that she was hoping would be the one to change her situation. The unfortunate story has caught the attention of thousands of Americans across the country. Taylor is one of millions living in what many view as hell. As House Republicans continue to fight against the extension of unemployment benefits, forcing the cut to food stamps that unemployed parents use to keep their families fed, and the list continues, people like Taylor are having to result to desperate measures. Shanesha Taylor has become a serious wake up call.
According to Fox 10 news, Thursday afternoon a witness walking by heard a baby crying from an SUV parked outside of an office building in Scottsdale, Arizona. When the police arrived, they discovered a six month old baby boy and a two-year old boy inside of the truck. The Mother of the two boys was inside the office building for a reported 45 minutes being interviewed a job. Taylor reported she did not have anyone to watch her sons. She could not afford daycare. Not wanting to pass on an opportunity that could eventually provide a home and a decent life for her sons, Taylor took the risk by leaving her kids locked in her SUV during her job nterview.
President Obama reportedly has been working to provide assistance to the millions of casualties struggling to survive the aftermath of the Bush administration. As the House Republicans continue to, what many believe, paint a disturbing picture of the unemployed using any sort of assistance as a reason to be unmotivated to find employment, the truth of what jobless Americans are actually going through is, apparently, speaking volumes. The Herald Sun reported the SUV was parked in the sun and Taylor’s sons were sweating when they were found. The police stated it was a very sad situation as they took Taylor into custody charging her with child abuse. Taylor was faced with a decision that morning that many, during this economy, have probably contemplated to get a job. She gambled on hope and she lost. Taylor does not resemble that of a lazy American waiting for a hand-out. She is the product of a suffering economy. Shanesha Taylor could possibly be a wake up call to House Republicans.
Taylor, living out of her SUV, reportedly does not have a partner or any family members to come to her aid. What human being could not feel for a Mother losing her children and, possibly her freedom, simply because she needed a job to feed them? That 45 minutes cost her the two things she woke up every morning fighting to hang on for. Understanding souls around the country have reportedly been sending money to assist with Taylor’s bail. Her tragic story might have become a loud, booming wake up to the House Republicans.
Though Shanesha Taylor is not a loved one to any of the decision makers (that much of the public believes are in judgment of millions of unemployed Americans of all cultural backgrounds), maybe the boom of this particular wake up call will get inside…just a little….just a little.
Opinion by Meleika Gardner