As you say this is derived from Victorian Era British Law and you also say it is still used in the USA. For some in the UK it is still their belief, while for the enlightened it is not, for you can not and should not label whole sections of Society relating to their appearance, actions and their assumed beliefs. For, in effect, there is deserved and undeserved in all different sections of Society. Just because how they look and react my not be to your liking, no one who is not connected to the individual is aware of their circumstances relating to their appearance and their behaviour.
There may be a medical factor which is not evident, or a sudden change in circumstances , which is relative, the latter of which could occur to anyone and does.
Unfortunately many people, even today, are too judgemental, which is all to seen in political and policing circles, which creates abuses to individual rights.
More tolerance needs to be applied to many situations and this would then reduce the many abhorrent acts which take place all over the world today. We all need to learn how to live with each other and be respectful and understanding to create peace on earth.
The following terms are drawn directly from Victorian Era British Law, but continue to be utilized here in the USA when addressing poverty in relation to society, politics, and resource options. If you are sensitive about stereotypes, Class Discrimination or Classism, the following descriptions may be hard to read; however, survival is dependent upon a clear understanding of reality, and this is what poverty survivors face today.
The Expectations: Words and phrases are commonly used to describe the ‘deserving’:
- Connected: Has family or community support or socially acceptable human connections.
- Entertaining: Fun. Makes people laugh. Useful at a social function or a party. Good source of entertainment.
- Complimentary: Makes people ‘feel good.’
- Polite: Makes people feel comfortable. Not scary. Does not swear or get angry.
- Good Person: Has well behaved children. Lives a socially acceptable lifestyle
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