Shame on Who?

January 26, 2010

Shame on Who?

For those of you that don’t know what I’m talking about, this Facebook “cut and paste” status campaign is making the rounds within moron circles:

“Shame on you America: The only country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed without eating, elderly going without needed meds and mentally ill without treatment – yet we have a benefit for the people of Haiti on 12 TV stations. 99% of people won’t have the guts to copy and repost this…”

WTF? Here’s my response to them. Feel free to use/share:
Those causes are not ignored. You might ignore them, but other Americans give over $250 Billion to charity each year. There are hundreds of ways for Americans to give to national and local causes, if they want to put in a little effort. There are numerous programs to assist individuals who want that help.

The original spirit of this status message was meant to be negative. The tone of many of the threads I’ve seen drifts into resentment and anger because of their own lot in life. (“Nobody gives me a hand out…”) Why are you contributing to it?

You have a very narrow view of the world that hasn’t changed in a long time. For starters, you need a passport or a train ticket and a clue.

Some more facts for the ignorant:

After Katrina, $854 Million in aid was offered to the US by foreign countries around the globe.

After 9/11, several countries around the globe responded to help.

Google is your friend and can be used for things other than finding nail salons and porn.

If you Google: “programs for the homeless”
first result: “homeless assistance programs

If you Google:”government programs for the elderly”
first result:””

If you Google: ”programs for the mentally ill”
first result:”NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

(Their website currently has a banner that asks people to HELP HAITI. Wow, even the mentally ill care more about Haiti than these sociopaths.)

While America has our share of problems, those problems won’t be solved in one day. Haiti needs our help now as the death toll rises to 200,000.

They have only collected 50,000 dead bodies. What does that tell you?

Don’t sit there and cut & paste to me about how not doing a telethon to help Americans in need should make us feel shame. Fuck you.

You can sit there on your computer and tell us about how “America has problems” but what have you actually done to try to help make things better even in your own neighborhood?

Those of you that are all up in arms about sending money to Haiti “when we have our own poor, hungry, etc.” are a lot of the same asshats that get all up in arms about programs that help our own citizens. Hypocrites.

Cutting and pasting a status update is as easy (and helpful) as putting a yellow ribbon decal on your car, but *actually doing something* to help people might be a better use of your time. Go do something positive.

I’m not saying that I’m an angel as far as charitable giving, because I am not. I’m also not publicly bitching about a country that has billions of dollars donating to a penniless country that is literally bleeding in the streets.

If the US were struck by a similar natural disaster tomorrow, I wouldn’t count on many of the people who posted that status message to do anything positive to help anyone. They wouldn’t piss on you if you were in flames.

The people telling America to be “ashamed” need to crawl under a rock and reconsider their role as a member of the human race.


3 Responses to “Shame on Who?”

  1. thecatsman said

    I don’t know about the Facebook stuff as it’s a place I won’t go to.However while I’m sure you are correct in what you say here don’t try to tell me that all or even a large percentage people in this country that need help get help.These programs all have restrictions and qualification standards to be met.In many cases one would need to be destitute to qualify and then might fall through the cracks anyway.Do with your time and money what you will and certainly Hati needs help but this country is a far cry from doing what could be done to help it’s own citizens.JMO

  2. michael07093 said

    Agreed that our social programs allow many to fall between the cracks. The programs are only as good as we insist they should be. Unfortunately many other countries don’t even have cracks to fall into…

  3. Jeff said

    I could not agree with you more Michael!

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