the politicized philanthropy of MacKenzie Scott | National exam
Charity is becoming just another low risk method for people to engage in politics and signal virtue.
Anear Consistently ranked the most generous country in the world from 2010 to 2019, the United States fell to 19th place, according to a recent study from the Charities Aid Foundation. This, of course, follows a year plagued by lockdowns, civil unrest and ensuing economic hardship. Yet as America’s wallets were strained last year, the wealthy decided to step up – with the best philanthropists give more than ever. Coming in second, MacKenzie Scott has donated nearly $ 6 billion, and she continues her prolific giving this year. In the first quarter of 2021, she donated $ 2.7 billion. His generosity is to be saluted.
In his recent blog post “Sow by Ceding,” the novelist and ex-wife of Jeff Bezos described her dedication to her desire to “de-emphasize the privileged voices” as she proceeded to approve and list the recipients of her immense wealth recently. acquired. The recipients included organizations such as Afrika Tikkun, which aims to improve food security and employment in South Africa, and New City Kids, a New Jersey-based foundation that fights child poverty and delinquency. Who could oppose it?
But many recipients are not so trivial. Scott also donated undisclosed millions to Borealis Philanthropy, an umbrella organization that includes Spark Justice, an outlet that provides money to surety funds, and the Communities Transforming Policing Fund, an activist fundraiser dedicated to “redefining security” and investing in “alternatives to police and prisons”. As long as they are run by minorities, bond funds and low crime policies are acceptable to our oligarchs, regardless of their dire effects.
On the one hand, Scott’s funding of these lucky leftists – with the notable exception of the Defund the Police groups – is largely harmless. Take, for example, the cases of the Chinese for Affirmative Action and Decolonizing Wealth Project – two of those organizations that have received millions of dollars to burn. The American public continues to overwhelmingly oppose affirmative action, and a San Francisco-based nonprofit activist can hardly hope to change that. Likewise, the support of the Decolonizing Wealth Project to ridiculous proposals like giving #LANDBACK to Native Americans is so foolish that it has no chance of gaining momentum. Seriously, read the “manifesto. “It’s a journey.
On the other hand, however, the weight that comes with these huge gifts has begun to sow the seeds of disaster. When public figures ranging from Kamala Harris to LeBron James each lend their general support to hundreds of obscure racial equity groups, their audiences pay attention. Indeed, social media stars are largely responsible for driving tens of millions of dollars into the hands of a imprecise and greedy which have benefited immensely from recent attention. It would be one thing if Scott wanted to spend his money on silly activism. She has a lot to spare. But it is quite another thing for her to essentially exploit the thousands of young people who are easily manipulated to support her radical policies. Remember how the largest BLM account on Facebook was secretly run by a middle-aged white Australian man? His scam has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars from unsuspecting donors. The endless addition of new social justice outlets makes it difficult for them to constantly verify, and Scott’s choice to donate to so many people is exactly what perpetuates that. Certain charities should fail, but the left’s insistence on funding random groups prevents the best-run and motivated charities from climbing to the top.
Nevertheless, the left somehow continues to claim a high moral position. Never mind that conservatives and clerics donate much more to all kinds of charitable causes than their liberal and secular counterparts. It doesn’t matter that left-wing advocacy is nowhere near as useful as medical research or food security. People who strengthen underprivileged voices are pious, while those who support Back the Blue are heretics.
MacKenzie Scott’s $ 3 million gift to “Theater Offensive”, a small group of queer and transgender artists seeking to achieve liberation through “dance poems” and makeup tutorials, is truly for herself more than anyone. Donating to an obscure niche group is a fantastic way to feel like a savior – and their list of recipients is full of similar nonprofits.
This savior complex is part of the reason I think so many people donate to movements that will never achieve their goals of “dismantling” the ever-widening assortment of ideas labeled “oppression.” It is the gift that never stops giving. Or rather, the cause that keeps on taking hold. Self-proclaimed anti-racists engage in anti-racism as if it were a religion, a lifelong journey that never ends. This removes the risk of failure, as everyone who donates to #LANDBACK or any of those activist groups has already agreed that they won’t work. Donors can systematically invest money in something that will accomplish nothing, while reaping the pleasure of doing something virtuous without the threat of something as uncomfortable as failure. If the revolution could be achieved by donating money and performing dances, Rockefeller would have become king.
Charity has ceased to be something we volunteer for our communities or for those in desperate need. It’s just becoming another low risk method for people to get into politics. Certainly Scott is not the cause of this phenomenon. She doesn’t need to give all that money and she deserves praise for her generosity. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t hold her accountable for her frivolous – and sometimes dangerous – spending.
MacKenzie Scott hasn’t really invested in bands like Theater Offensive. Over the past few months, she has donated to nearly 300 separate teams. It is impossible to care in any meaningful way about the success of so many different groups, and it is this alienation from almsgiving that enables the politicization of philanthropy. Let’s get back to volunteering at your local public school or place of worship. Back to soup kitchens. It’s harder than throwing money at random people, but it’s a lot more humane.