Gopman expressed his desire that the “crazy, homeless, drug dealers, dropouts, and trash” would just get out of the “good parts” of the city so that he does not have to look at them. They are just ruining his experience in the city.
In the comment section, Gopman whined about how all of those nasty poor people “gather like hyenas, spit, urinate, taunt you, sell drugs, get rowdy” in the areas that Gopman considers to be off-limits to them. If they had any sense, they would know their place and act like it! He feels that there is “an area of town for the degenerates and an area of town for the working class.” He considers the close proximity to the underclasses of society to be quite a “burden.” This compassionate individual says that those he considers unworthy add no value to society.
However, if those worthless bums do want to enter the “better” parts of the city, Gopman has a vision in which “the lower part of society keep to themselves. They sell small trinkets, beg coyly, stay quiet, and generally stay out of your way. They realize it’s a privilege to be in the civilized part of town and view themselves as guests.” You know, like in “other” cities.
Gopman has since deleted the post and offered a facetious apology for his trivialization of the “plight of those struggling to get by.” To emphasize the point that he loves his city, swapped out his profile picture for “I <3 SF.” That will really change some minds, right there!
AngelHack has attempted to distance itself from Gopman’s comments — perhaps ignoring that those words were written by its own CEO. As an employee himself, Gopman’s comments do represent at least one employee–whose decisions impact the direction of AngelHack as a whole.
At least some in San Francisco agree with Gopman. Recently, Peter Shih, founder of a prepayment processing startup called Celery, railed against the less fortunate, women, and the city in general in a blog post entitled “10 Things I Hate About You.” CheapAir.com offered to buy him a ticket back to New York. Here’s a snip of it:
San Francisco is also considering legislation that would make it illegal for homeless individuals to sleep in the parks at night.
This dishearteningly vitriolic attitude toward the homeless and poor needs to be contained before it spreads to the general population.