"One has to decide how deep to go regarding the truth about American philanthropy. How do we activate accountability without disarming the institutions that can support it? How angry are we willing to be over this type of giving, who is giving it, and whom we see as representative? That is a decision local protesters and allies need to consider. The focus on responsibility must remain directed where change is decided, for this instance, toward a for-profit prison in Central Falls, Rhode Island . . ."
Read more . . . And remember that many (but not all) of the most strident protesters childishly refuse any dialogue or debate on the subject. The article quotes beloved KC artist Joe Faus who has tried to be a voice of reason betwixt the two sides:
The history of charitable donation philanthropy in the United States is a mixed bag; either a sincere altruistic gesture (Pioneering American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie said: "The man who dies rich dies disgraced.") or burnishing tarnished names with extravagant public giving.