I’m just a casual blogger. I usually try to keep things light. This is not a blog for social issues, but it’s hard to see athletes and entertainers I admire “standing up” for certain issues, while people in this country are really suffering every day. I wish I would have posted this sooner. I wish I could do more. The outpouring of humanity in Houston underscored something I have felt all long: We can do this.
JJ Watt and Chris Paul did something pretty amazing in the wake of devastation from hurricane Harvey. To date, over $27 million dollars has been raised. As far as I know, Watt and Paul were the only 2 big names*. That’s just two superstars, and a whole lot of good humans giving what they could give. Imagine if we got a few more together. We could take care of just about anything.
So why not make our focus Flint Michigan? Take a weekend and get some entertainers together. They did it for Live-Aid. They did it for Farm-Aid. Do the people in Flint not deserve to be helped? I know throwing money at a situation is often not a solution, but I’m sure it could help. If nothing else, it could pay for alternative water solutions until they are able to rebuild the pipes, and whatever else needs to be done.
Bottom line is, this is only one of many problems citizens of the United States face. We need to start being progressive instead of being reactive on this and several other things. My first priority would be public education. As someone who went through the public educational system, I can attest that it is flawed at best. We need to overhaul the system, that encourages the “status quo”, and fails many children. I’ll be writing a post on this in the near future.
*At publishing, Jimmy Fallon has donated $1 million to the foundation