AngelHack Founder Greg Gopman’s Facebook Friends Wrote Even More Offensive Posts About Homeless People


Last night, AngelHack founder Greg Gopman typed out the year’s most offensive Facebook status — and just in time for year-end lists! According to Valleywag,  Gopman wrote:

Why the heart of our city has to be overrun by crazy, homeless, drug dealers, dropouts, and trash I have no clue. Each time I pass it my love affair with SF dies a little. The difference is in other cosmopolitan cities, 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. And that’s okay.

In downtown SF the degenerates gather like hyenas, spit, urinate, taunt you, sell drugs, get rowdy, they act like they own the center of the city. Like it’s their place of leisure… In actuality it’s the business district for one of the wealthiest cities in the USA. It a disgrace. I don’t even feel safe walking down the sidewalk without planning out my walking path.

You can preach compassion, equality, and be the biggest lover in the world, but there is an area of town for degenerates and an area of town for the working class. There is nothing positive gained from having them so close to us. It’s a burden and a liability having them so close to us. Believe me, if they added the smallest iota of value I’d consider thinking different, but the crazy toothless lady who kicks everyone that gets too close to her cardboard box hasn’t made anyone’s life better in a while.

Okay, so let’s take a birds-eye view of this, um, ill-worded opinion: it comes on the heels of Peter Shih’s screed against the homeless, bicyclists and ’49er’ girls. We also have seen the young NYC programmer Patrick McConlogue ridiculed for teaching homeless man Leo Grand to code; Uber drivers protesting outside the company’s San Fran headquarters, claiming mistreatment; and earlier this week, demonstrators blocking a Google shuttle bus, protesting that the search conglomerate should pay to use MUNI bus stops.

All told, seems like America’s disruptors are getting…shall we say…disrupted?

Gopman’s anti-homeless rant, and his subsequent apology begging for an “open discussion,” reach a level of entitled offensiveness that exists entirely outside my frame of understanding. I’m not sure I can critique Gopman fairly, especially when so many of his friends are saying worse things.

One commenter — Alice Zhang of Berkeley — commented on Gopman’s status, “If it were up to me I’d put them all in labor camps.” Another Facebook friend, Seangjae Lee of Simplejust Enterprises, writes, “You are the Jedi Master of the Angelhack. Go for whatever u like man.”

Another commenter, Craig Montouri of the California Institute of Technology, writes: “It isn’t like you said anything many others in the startup community aren’t saying.”

The libertarian sympathizer in me is disgusted at the smarminess of these commenters, even if I sorta-kinda agree with encouraging homeless to “create their own value.” But then the left-wing humanitarian side of my personality is amazed that such smart people can be so small-minded against their fellow city natives.

San Francisco people…is this what all of you are like? Either comparing the homeless to ‘hyenas,’ or praising your own Facebook chats as “open discussions” where “empathy is an important leadership skill?” ‘Cause if so…I want in. And so should the rest of America. A grand bubble of self-importance and tech beneficence awaits us all!