posted on Jun, 17 2010 @ 11:21 AM
Yeah, Americans don't care. We're just the most giving nation in the world, but we don't care.
"Gaudiani said Americans give twice as much as the next most charitable country, according to a November 2006 comparison done by the Charities Aid
Foundation. In philanthropic giving as a percentage of gross domestic product, the U.S. ranked first at 1.7%. No. 2 Britain gave 0.73%, while France,
with a 0.14% rate, trailed such countries as South Africa, Singapore, Turkey and Germany."
So all you USA haters- get over it. Freely elected, and truly capitalistic nations give. Since we are going away from these principles, it will
decline, so good luck with your worldly issues.
Now to the subject at hand. The Nigerian spill is often overlooked in the United States because.....it's not in the United States. People will always
be most interested in what happens behind them. I'm in New York, and while people are upset about the Gulf of Mexico situation, it's nothing
compared to what people in the coast are experiencing. It's also not a one time disaster, which would inspire media driven coverage with exciting
images to show on the news. It's also a complex issue- many of the oil companies claim the spills are caused by looting and vandalism, so they deny
responsibility. It also hasn't caused a collapse in standard of living. If Nigeria had been a glowing community and suddenly collapsed into third
world status, it would have been more newsworthy.
In the end, it's all about human nature. Americans are no different than the rest of the world. Do you think North Koreans or Iraqis or Germans are
all home crying and working on solutions to the Nigerian issue? No. Get over yourselves.