How Would The World Change If Celebrities Put There Money Where Their Mouth Is?
Americans are continually lectured by actors, singers and athletes about how racist and horrible America is and what we should be doing about it.
I think it’s time we ask the entertainment elite “What are you going to do about it?”
Posting a black square on Instagram to show solidarity for Black Live Matter hasn’t worked, kneeling for the Anthem was a complete failure, so what do all these people have that could help lift people out of poverty in the shortest time? Money.
Americans have made these people very wealthy and influential, so it is time for us to demand they give some of it back.
Let’s take a few of the more vocal entertainers and see how their fortunes could help those that need it the most.
Robert De Niro: This successful actor has played several tough guy rolls in his career and according to a Men’s Health Article published November 2019, De Niro has amassed a net worth of $500 million dollars. Recently, De Niro has been in the news for speaking out against the President policies on illegal immigration.
Let’s imagine that instead of attacking the President on this issue, De Niro pledged to donate half of his net worth to help immigrants come to the U.S. legally. The average cost to immigrate to the US is between $6,000 and $8,000. With just half of his net worth, Mr. De Niro could help 31,250 people immigrate to this country legally. That would prevent thousands of people seeking entrance into the U.S from being robbed, raped or killed by coyotes they hire to sneak them across the border. New immigrants would no longer need to hide in the shadows, fear deportation or be taken advantage of by dishonest employers.
They could come to this country, get an education and realize the American dream they are really looking for.
Beyoncé Knowles: The famed singer and actress was recently in the news demanding people “vote like your life depends on it, because it does”. Mrs. Knowles claims to be worth North of a billion dollars. How many four-year bachelor’s degree could Beyoncé afford to pay for with 90% of her current wealth? Even with just 10% of her current wealth, she would be 20,000% richer than the average American.
According to the College Board, the average cost for a four-year bachelor’s degree at a public university costs $8,800 dollars a semester or roughly $35,200.
With $900 million dollars, Beyoncé could put nearly 25,568 people through college debt free. How quickly would that pull struggling minorities out of poverty and into the middle class. Imagine the possibilities for the next generation if their parents were afforded that opportunity.
Lebron James: According to a February 2019 article in Forbes Magazine, four-time MVP Lebron James is worth $89 million dollars. That sum does not include the lifetime contract he signed with Nike in 2015 which is rumored to be worth over $1 billion dollars. The yearly payout from that contract is $287 million dollars.
Imagine if Lebron lived on just his 89 million-dollar fortune and used the yearly proceeds from his Nike deal to pay for a new home for underprivileged families. The median home price in the U.S. hovers around $226,000 so Lebron’s could purchase roughly 1,269 homes a year. In ten years more than 12 thousand people could be moved from overcrowded dangerous public housing to a home of their own in safer neighborhoods with better schools. How would that affect the incarceration rate of young black men if they were afforded the opportunity to get an education and not live in fear of being shot? What possibilities would this open for the next generation?
Taylor Swift: This young singer who recently went on a listening tour and came away woke to trans rights is estimated to be worth $280 million dollars. What if Taylor decided America had been very good to her and decided to give up 90% of her wealth to help youth that are dealing with gender dysphoria. With just 10% of her wealth she would still be worth over $28 million, but the remaining $252 million could help 42,000 people with this condition to meet weekly with a mental health professional for a year. How could this therapy help curve the suicide rate among teens and help young Americans to realize their worth?
It is time these entertainers stop preaching to the American people and use their massive financial power to become the change they are demanding. It may not correct everything, but it would go a long way towards a better tomorrow for millions of Americans. Let’s see if they are up for the challenge.