September 18, 2010

You may think me a heretic. Some may curse me. Others will say I’m offensive. But here goes:

I’m tired of the frenzy about 9/11. I’m tired of the public mourning and teeth gnashing. I don’t even like the phrase or concept of “ground zero.”

I wish U.S. society would be as frenzied about the poverty and inequity in this country. I wish U.S. society would be as frenzied about the continuing racism and homophobia and sexism in this country.

It doesn’t seem to me that people are frenzied enough about all the kids who don’t have a home or don’t have enough food to eat or don’t get a decent education. And that’s just a few of the tragedies in the U.S. — tragedies that affect so many and have affected them for so long.

Actually, I wish people paid more attention to these ongoing tragedies. I wish this country acknowledged these terrible “ground zeros” in our society – and did something about them.

Filed under: Social Commentary

About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

Get non-profit resources in your inbox