George Soros: Leading the Charge Against Evil

Being a philanthropist is very rewarding when done for the right reasons. There are a lot of billionaires and millionaires that use charitable foundations for tax write-offs and publicity. George Soros is not one of those billionaires. His passion for philanthropy comes from his past.

As a young boy, he grew up in Nazi-occupied Hungary. Even after World War 2 ended, Hungary adopted Communism, leaving Soros no choice but to leave. After living in London, England for a few years, he moved to the United States. After a few years in New York, he became a hedge fund manager on Wall Street.

Now, at 87 years old, Mr. Soros is focused on philanthropy. Honestly, he’s been focused on philanthropy for the last 30-plus years, but he was only recently recognized for his contributions. The NY Times revealed that he’s donated $18 billion to his Open Society Foundations, and learn more about George Soros.

That’s almost the largest transfer of wealth to a single organization made by a single donor. The only organization in the country bigger than Open Society is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Even though Gates’s foundation is larger, Open Society operates in more countries. Open Society promotes human rights in over 120 countries.

Over the past two years, Open Society’s been supplying aid to the U.S. Since President Trump’s victory, the nation’s been dealing wave after wave of hate and abuse. Nearly every minority group has been attacked by white nationalists. There’s actually too much for Open Society to deal with by itself.

A lot of Democrats and fellow philanthropists praise Soros for his bravely. These are dark times in the world, and people like George Soros make the world a better place. Eileen Heisman, Chief Executive of the National Philanthropic Trust, praises Soros more than anyone. She called him the exactly man the world needs right now.

Unfortunately, all the news about George Soros isn’t good news. One thing that’s clear about the negative news is that it’s also not true news. According to JPost, several right-wing conspiracy theory sites accuse Soros of trying to destroy the world. He’s even been accused of hiring women to accuse Republican candidates of sexual assault.

The demonization of philanthropy is affecting Soros is a bad way. Before, he was able to ignore the hate, but now, he’s responding to some of the outrageous claims.

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How Woke Twitter and Brenda Wardle Responded To Penny Sparrow’s Racism

Words are infinitely powerful. Unfortunately, they are oftentimes used to reinforce hegemonic systems of power. In recognizing that words are frequently appropriated to promote racist ideologies and praxis, the members of Woke Twitter are committed to identifying and dissecting representations of racism that manifest in specific community settings such as social media. The Woke Twitter community does this with the expressed intent of raising consciousness regarding the destructive power that racism wields in this 21st century world. Group members feel it is important for people to reject “Rainbow Nation” narratives which state, in covert and overt ways, that white supremacy is a problem of the past and now everyone has an equal chance to excel in society. Recently, the Woke Twitter community drew attention to the racist statements of former real estate agent Penny Sparrow.

What Did Sparrow Say/Suggest?

Racism can take on numerous forms which contain various degrees of ugly import. In a world predicated on white supremacist values, racism typically manifests in terms of denying the humanity and abilities of people of color. Penny Sparrow advanced this type of racist rhetoric through her social media account after observing a group of black South Africans populating a beach near her residence. In evaluating their presence, Sparrow equated them to animals. Upon realizing that Sparrow had called black South Africans apes and monkeys, community outrage ensued. Sparrow’s statement was condemned by many members of her community and people across the globe pointed out how this manifestation of racism via social media proved that racist thought and praxis was prevalent and powerful in these modern day times.

Brenda Wardle’s Telling Interpretation of Sparrow’s Statement

Upon learning of Sparrow’s racist statement, Wardle made many important points. First, she noted that the constitution affords humans the right to free speech. Wardle went on to point out that this free speech has various limitations which people need to be aware of. Specifically, people do not have the freedom to make disparaging, dehumanizing statements about other individuals. Given that Penny Sparrow did this very thing through her racialized dehumanization of black South Africans, Wardle argues that her comment is ultimately an illegality (in addition to being grossly inappropriate).

Wardle’s Background, Academic Interests, and Book

As a legal student, Wardle is passionate about studying the law and analyzing the role it plays in altering and defining human experiences. She is also the writer of the book To Kill A Fragile Rose: The State’s Case Against Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius.

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