I haven't said anything about the disastrous earthquake in Haiti here because it's outside the scope of this blog, (and because I can't bear to watch the news coverage of the situation, honestly). However, I came across a blog post (posted on Facebook by a friend of mine) that gave excellent perspective on the situation.
In the past couple of days I have read a lot of backlash (on Facebook) against the money that was raised for Haiti during the telethon last week. People are saying, "We should help our own! Why should we send money to Haiti when people here don't have health insurance, or people here are hungry?"
This is why, folks. This is why.
There's a big difference between being poor in one of the richest countries in the world, and being poor in a country where everyone you know is poor, and everyone they know is poor, and there is no escape from the crushing poverty that surrounds you.
That's all I have to say about it right now.