Quote from treeguy
Look, everyone has a point here. There are many problems in this country but to try and say that we need to focus on America before we focus on places like africa is not only cold but ludicrious. In America, even the poor people are rich in comparrisons to places like Africa. At least poor people in America can barrow food from other people or scrap together some money and buy food. In places like Africa, you can't just go down to the local grocery store with the little money you have because THEY DON'T EXIST!!!! You can't even find clean drinking water and yet even the poorest of the poor in this nation crap and pee into a gallon of clean water everytime they use the bathroom!!!! And we sit around and make our minor problems see more important then theirs. It's like the rich kid that complains because he hasn't got absolutely everything he wants.
Yes, there are problems in America but they absolutely pale in comparison to the worlds problems. Some people are called to help people in America and GOD BLESS THEM. But some are called to work in Africa so don't put them down. All of our problems in this nation can be solved in four words; NON-VIOLENT DIRECT ACTION!!!! We are all just to self-absorbed in our own lives to where we do not demand justice for everyone in this nation; This is something that ALL OF US are guilty of.
p.s. I don't mean to sound like I am lashing out at anyone I just am really passionate about what is happening in the world. The next time you notice a paramilitary group bust into your homes and kill your entire family let me know and I will agree that we need to solve america's problems before we can help africa with theirs. Peace sisters and brothers.
I resent being told I'm cold. So it's okay that kids are starving here? We hand out billions of aid a year to nations that not only despise us, but stab us in the back later on. And yet we wonder why on earth there's so much anger among inner-city youth, gang activity, violence, senseless murder - all in areas in this country rife with poverty, hunger, and homelessness. They're angry because no one's listening.
I consider working for the betterment of my country NON VIOLENT DIRECT ACTION, thank you very much. No, a single NP in a free clinic in Durham can't change the world, but a single donation to Africa won't do it either. I too am passionate about what is happening in the world, I just find it incredible that people are quick to talk about "paramilitary groups" and don't seem to want to hear about American kids freezing in the dead of winter as they sit in their $200K homes, surrounded by the luxuries and trappings of suburban living.
Not YOU. US. WE THE PEOPLE.
Who are we to claim to be saviors of the world when we can't save ourselves? THAT is what I'm talking about. I think it takes some hubris to say "let's save Africa" when we're not paying any attention to stuff here. We put WAAAAYYYY too much faith in blue-blooded politicians in Washington who obviously have no idea what they're doing, what's really going on, or what to do about it, because their answers are comprised of disasters like their latest near fiasco, Medicare Part D. Oh, Washington'll handle it - let's save the rest of the world. This has never worked before, and it ain't working now.
And look at what I'm saying - I didn't say YOU specifically. I said WE - WE as a nation, with our NIMBY attitudes and turned-up noses. I see it every day here in Durham - oh, let's send money to Africa, but let's not talk about the homeless people over at Genesis Home (if they even know what Genesis Home is, let alone that it exists). A starving kid over on Guess Road doesn't know a thing about paramilitary groups, he or she only knows THEY'RE HUNGRY and there's a dearth of people who seem to care. I'm saying WE as a nation - it's what I said in the original post - WE DON'T WANT TO HEAR THAT WE'RE FAILING OUR OWN PEOPLE. We can't seem to straighten out this mess, so let's go overseas and see if we can fix theirs? Uh-uh - I don't think it works that way. No wonder inner city Detroit is PO'd.
So the problems in the US pale in comparison to the rest of the world. True on many levels, but I'd bet a single mom with four kids working three jobs with no health coverage who hasn't eaten a decent meal in three days because she's working her butt off to feed and clothe her kids who don't qualify for Medicaid would disagree. IT HAPPENS.
No one even suggested that the world's problems are not ours. Heck, there's a good shot we helped CREATE some of them. But we've created quite a few here as well. Why not more fund raisers for that? It's like it's not cool or hip to help folks in your back yard - and I think that's a big problem. "We Are The World" was great - but why not "WE ARE THE PEOPLE"? Because we are. I've met people who don't want to hear about homeless veterans, but they're working for the starving somewhere else. Huh?
It makes no sense to me. But if you think I'm cold, when you don't know me and you have no idea what I do with my time or my money, then I'm not the one with the problem. People should not be so quick to judge another's viewpoint or opinion, because that is clearly what's happened here.