Crowdfunding has become the new job for some folks. If you look around on GoFundMe.com (one of the most popular crowdfunding sites) for long, you’ll find people asking for money to fund their plastic surgery, to go out on a date, and to license their lemonade stands. There are campaigns to raise funds (and compassion) for horribly sad stories of lives being destroyed by cancer and also campaigns that will warm your heart as you ponder giving to the retirement fund of an elderly popsicle vendor in Chicago. There are also those who invite you to be an investor in some sort of creative venture—calling to mind the benefactors of bygone times who used to supply the needs of great artists in their cities.
I’m not sure we can escape it. With only a handful of weeks left before the presidential election takes place, the news is bound to be filled with stories about who said what when and why they said what they said and what they should have said if they only knew what they were saying when they said it.
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Whether you agree with him or not, one thing is for certain: Colin Kaepernick’s silent protest of the U.S. national anthem (as a way to protest the inequality and discrimination he believes is oppressing certain groups) is causing people to talk, and not just about the San Francisco 49ers quarterback. Some of the terms often heard in the Internet news world this past week were “white privilege,” “social justice,” and “unpatriotic.”