But the paranoid might think
Google has it in for St. Jude.
They piggyback their own content off links labeled "St. Jude"
Weird database error?
They cancel 26 MILLION DOLLARS in donations
"bcuz RACISTS!" or some such shit
"we can't possibly let people say THOSE THINGS!"
"We can't possibly allow people to discuss THOSE THINGS!"
"We can't possibly allow viewers to make up their own minds about controversial issues! They need guidance to avoid WRONGTHINK."
there are some people who think that WRONGTHINK
questioning what everyone thinks is True
or holding to a position outside the group
or saying positive things about Trump
or saying negative things about a person who happens to be a minority
or criticizing Islam (even if you're Muslim yourself!)
or questioning certain laws (definitely question THESE laws! just don't ever question THOSE laws! they wouldn't be laws if they weren't important!)
(e.g. Age of Consent)
or decrying Affirmative Action
or handicapped parking (even if you're disabled)
or, heck, some people think that men can't be raped
and that a man who accuses a woman of raping him (forced to penetrate) should be DISbelieved
or how about claiming that White Privilege doesn't exist?
Because when you cut out a certain viewpoint entirely
you leave the door wide open to corruption
Mills has it right:
then one of two extremes can happen:
Either everyone says "Okay, we trust you, Alice"
and Alice is free to cut out ANYONE she wants
because no one will double-check her work
or ppl who didn't care before
take Bob's side
"...when she contacted St. Jude, she was informed that the organization “was aware of the chats and was making arrangements to reverse any donations... we had no intention of receiving or accepting any of the funds associated with the live stream.”"
Look, if some people mouthing off in chat is enough to get you to cancel millions of dollars in donations
you probably shouldn't be accepting ANY donations from ANY internet activity AT ALL.
"This is why we can't have nice things" etc.
because the channel happens to seek out controversial opinions
and talk over those ideas like rational human beings
you devalue both the lives of sick children
AND the concept of free speech
in one fell swoop
they likely go farther with their content than I'd be comfortable watching.
But they should EXIST.
It's important for people to challenge what everyone else takes for granted.
(I'm reminded of "whitewashed tombstones!")
If it does turn out that St. Jude dropped donations
over the fact that the channel happens to allow racists to discuss their asshole positions publicly
(and maybe have their thinking challenged a bit)
then I know one charity
I'm never gonna fundraise for....
Anyone who wants to fundraise for charities HAS to be choosy (can't do it all).
And I would not want to put effort into fundraising for a group who puts politics ahead of lives and might refuse the effort.
That's my reasoning.)
If I were a little more strategic with my social media
I'd probably erase all these tweets
and just stew on the issue
so it doesn't negatively impact my own fundraising.
is fly off the handle at current social issues that outrage me
and having some combination of forces
drop MILLIONS OF DOLLARS
over ideological issues that I was ALREADY incensed at
is kinda straw-camel-back right now.
"I'd rather die than accept blood money."
I can KINDA see
"We trust that God will arrange a better sacrifice" kinda thinking.
Maybe that's what their mindset is.
tried to hand me his fortune
as some way of making up for his horrible crimes
I'd take it
because it doesn't make up for his crimes
(that's between him and God)
but I favor pragmatism
which says the money exists
and I can put it to some good use.
But that money could go to cancer wards
could establish fresh water and reduce disease
establish infrastructure for community growth
fund a breakthrough in AIDS research