I have a few family members (distant, like aunts/uncles/cousins) who are the types of people who likely only associate with people who agree with them 100% on everything. I doubt they could be actual friends with people who had dissenting opinions. They post outrageous things to Facebook and have countless friends contributing to tell them how right they are. I try to limit my commenting to only things in which they post something misleading or factually inaccurate, and only on issues that really matter to me (i.e. I avoid all the gun nut posts).

So last night one of my family members posts this article with a comment "Joke's on you people!" The article is about the woman who left her children in the car to go on a job interview, she was arrested, told everyone that she had no choice because she was homeless and needed a job. The article states that she had a job (a part time job) and that she had a residential address listed.

This is one of those times that I felt I wanted to speak up. I feel like this family member never knows that there are people who don't agree with her if she never hears it, so we had the following exchange. My family member is in red, her friends are the other people. All of their comments have "likes" whereas mine don't. Mine is clearly not the popular opinion here. I'm not planning to add anything else to this, I said my peace. It makes me sad that people can be so blind to the needs of others.

Family Facebook and Crowdfunding for the Poor

Family Facebook and Crowdfunding for the Poor

This is such a sad situation, I really don't know how I feel about it. On the one hand it's really easy for me to condemn someone for leaving her kids in her car because I am privileged enough to have a home and a job and no kids, so I'll likely never be in that same situation. It's also easy for me to feel really bad for her and her situation, because I have a heart.

But I really have never been a huge fan of crowdfunding for specific individuals because of their poverty. I feel like when we can put a face and a name to someone living in that situation, we want to throw money at them and assume it will make it all better. This doesn't necessarily seem to help to me. I'm okay with the Groupthink fund because it's a short term option to help unspecified members of our community when they need a little help. But with the case of Ms. Taylor here, I'm not sure that my donating $10 would have done much to actually help the woman any more than my donating the money to a homeless person on the street or to a charity organization that helps people in her situation.

And then I think about KillerMartinis. While I understand that a lot of people probably donated to her gofundme because she was a face and a person they could attribute poverty to and it made them feel like they were helping, really the purpose of the fund we were donating to was for her to write a book and not to make her not poor. It's hard for me to reconcile when I think it's okay and when I don't. I like that people are willing to help people like Ms. Taylor, but I wonder if it's just because she's the current face of American poverty.

I don't know, what do you think about crowdfunding used in these situations?