I wouldn't recommend Twitter as the first place that one should go seeking wisdom. on any subject...but you will find the occasional pearl. I did last night, watching a flood of reaction, mostly negative (I follow hippies..what did you expect?), to the news that the owner of the Washington pro football franchise, Dan Snyder, refuses to change the team's racially offensive moniker but that he does plan to fund Native American causes though a new organization he calls The Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation.
Someone noted that if the team's name were not a slur, he would have called it The Washington Redskins Redskins Foundation.
Look, despite the impression I've given in previous posts, I'm not against the concept of philanthropy. And certainly America's Native Americans, especially those still living on isolated reservations, need a helping hand to deal with crippling poverty and the social problems that stem from that. But there should be no such thing as billionaires buying a "Get Out Of Doing What's Right, Free" card.I was struck by what Peter Buffett wrote last year about philanthropy and "what I would call “conscience laundering” — feeling better about accumulating more than any one person could possibly need to live on by sprinkling a little around as an act of charity."