Outside the lab, Piff found that the rich donated a smaller percentage of their wealth than poorer people. In 2011, the wealthiest Americans, those with earnings in the top 20%, contributed 1.3% of their income to charity, while those in the bottom 20% donated 3.2% of their income. The trend to meanness was worst in plush suburbs where everyone had a high income, and never laid eyes on a poor person. Insulation from people in need, Piff concluded, dampened charitable impulses. Poorer people were also more likely to give to those charities servicing the genuinely needy. The rich gave to high-status institutions such as already well-endowed art galleries, museums and universities, while Feeding America, which deals with the nation’s poorest, got nothing.
'The A**hole Effect': What Wealth Does to the Brain | Alternet (via b-binaohan)
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[I]t would be wrong to presume that eliminating offensive names and mascots from sports would end the larger problem that gave rise to them in the first place: Americans’ indifference to and ignorance of Native Americans…there are more substantive actions our leaders can take that would help accomplish the dual purpose of elevating Native Americans’ presence in our national life and easing the challenges they have confronted for too long.
Not all Native Americans face those challenges, but they are real, particularly for the nearly 3 million who live on reservations. By many measures of social well-being, Native Americans trail the rest of the nation. According to the most recent data, the poverty rate among American Indians and Alaskan Natives is 28 percent, compared to about 15 percent for the rest of the nation. Native Americans graduate high school at a rate 14 percent lower than the general population, and Native American youths are twice as likely to die before age 24 as any other race.
One solution that many Native American leaders endorse is giving tribes more sovereignty over their land and peoples…Banning offensive mascots would be a powerful gesture, a signal to Native Americans that as a nation, we regard them as more than symbols. But recognizing their authority over their own land would be an even more significant step: a demonstration that we regard them not only as the first Americans, but as fellow Americans.
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