This quote from Richard Stearns, president of World Vision, really hit home for me.
The obstacle is that poverty is often not personal. If your next-door neighbor’s child was dying and you
could save her for $100, you wouldn’t think twice. But a child 10,000 miles
away whom you have never met, that’s just different.
About 29,000 kids die every day of preventable causes–29,000! These kids
have names and faces, hopes and dreams. Their parents love them as much as
we love our kids. We’ve got to make poverty personal.
"It’s not personal" is the reason people don’t give more and it’s probably the reason they are racist or demeaning to minorities as well. I know that having friends from many walks of life has really helped me understand the world better.