Fundraising vehicles like kickstarter and gofundme have become part of the landscape now and who would of thought?
They strike me as being particulary a American thing and obviously can serve a good purpose -I sometimes wonder what the annual numbers are, how many and how much money is raised, how many are truly viable and how many succeed?
I consider some to be frivolous at best and scam oriented at the worst.
One such example was the attempt to raise fifty thousand dollars to
“celebrate” the fortieth anniversary of the “liberation” of Wounded Knee 2.
Talk about optimism and an in your face arrogance – people have come to an understand that WK2 was anything but a liberation and the fund raising attempt deflated quicker than a punctured balloon. rightfully so.
Fifty thousand to celebrate a murderous rampage that resulted in numerous murder victims and unmarked graves, a lot of nerve in my opinion to even attempt to float such an idea.
To the general public’s and indigenous peoples credit it may have gone down as one of the least successful in history.
Different story if it were intended for propane, mold removal, or safe houses for abused women and children, but in the midst of poverty and joblessness 50k to celebrate a murderous event, give me a break.
There’s always an A and B side to just about anything you can come up, and I encourage people to donate of their time and or money when it comes to a worthy cause, but to do so with eyes wide open.
I can’t think of a more noble thing than for a person to give out of their own need, nor anything more ignoble to attempt to capitalize in the face of dire circumstance or need.
I saw a story recently about a young man who panhandles in NY I believe it was and laden with props by his admission, this fool actually
went on the net boasting about how he could make a couple of hundred dollars in an hour.
To tell the truth if I was one of his victims I’d be returning to the scene of the crime and looking to stick a foot up his ass.
Which reminds of a homeless man I’ve known for a few years who I’ll call Bob.
Bob has a lot of issues including a taste for alcohol, there was a time when he was willing to do a little work but no more, now he “just” needs two dollars.
If you’re hungry Bob I’ll get you something to eat – I need two dollars.
Do you want something to eat Bob – I need two dollars.
Yeah I know, but do you want something to eat? I need two dollars.
Okay then, catch you later.
I used to always give Bob a couple of bucks, maybe I still should, but I’m pretty much over it now.
Not long ago I saw Bob and he told he been in the hospital and was dying of cancer, maybe he is, and sad if true – Bob went on to tell me he had some prescriptions that cost two hundred dollars.
That sounds about right for a health industry based on profit.
When I asked what they were for he said an antibiotic – now I’m not so sure antibiotics are prescribed for cancer, but I’m not an expert and told him if he had the prescriptions I’d help him get them and maybe we could see about getting him in a hospice or something like that.
Bob said he didn’t have them and so I suggested we go back to the hospital and see about getting another one and maybe talk to them about a program or something to get them cheaper or for free.
Bob said they wouldn’t do anything for him and I asked what kind of antibiotic was it?
He said Amoxicillin and that kind of tore it for me – you can get an
Amoxicillin prescription filled for twenty bucks or less.
Now Bob may actually have a cancer, and if I so I’m more than willing to help in any way I can, but with eyes wide open.
It isn’t a matter of cynicism, there’s enough of that in the day to day already, it’s more about being sure a person’s good intentions are met.
I don’t know about anyone else but I work hard for my money and I’m not willing to throw it away or be scammed out of it, so there’s something of a tightrope to walk, but when it comes down to it I’d rather be bilked out of couple of bucks than turn my back on a person truly in need.
I get teased about that at times, told I’m a soft touch, but I know
the desperation of need all too well having grown up in it and I haven’t forgotten.
Homelessness, poverty, and inequity stand as an unwavering indictment against a country as wealthy as this one – hopefully someday an overwhelming
majority of people will accept that and demand something better from elected officials and refuse to settle for anything other than a proactive address of such grievances.
In the interim keep an open heart, pay a little something of whatever you may have forward.