Structural Inequality

The idea in this article is something unfamiliar to me and definitely not something I would have thought of. Matt Thompson makes a great point in his article about how the ALS Ice Bucket challenge is an example of structural inequality.

It is an example of structural inequality because it’s a very rare disease that is most prevalent in white males and as a result has gained a great deal of attention. People care about ALS because it affects people they know. It’s a disease that happens right here in the United States and affects white American men and that makes it an important topic for people. I did the ALS challenge and I thought it was a great cause but maybe Professor Thompson makes a point about why was a similar campaign not launched for malaria? It all goes back to structural inequality, people only support the causes that they see happening and could have an effect on them even if another disease is killing more people.

Another important point in this article that Thompson makes is the social aspect of giving to charity that exists today. It is not enough anymore to just give to a charity and have that be the end of it. People need to tweet about it or put it on Instagram. This is because as a society today we are so worried about our social media presence. People want to have society see them doing noteworthy things online. It’s all about putting out an image today. People can no longer do something for the good of it; they need it to help contribute to their image.

Source: http://savageminds.org/2014/08/27/is-the-als-ice-bucket-challenge-about-structural-inequality/

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