Target: Errol Morris, Filmmaker
Goal: Support media that educates the general public about inequality in the United States
Thanks in large part to a twitter post by filmmaker Errol Morris (the Fog of War, the Thin Blue Line), an anonymously produced video discussing inequality in the United States has gone viral. The six minute video, “Wealth Inequality in America,” is quickly approaching twelve million views, shedding light on the reality of the economic situation in our country. Support the spread of this video, and ones similar to it, in order to help the country better understand the reality of our situation.
The video is effective because it takes numeric values and distills them into animated iconography that is easier to understand and process than sheer numbers. The video represents the 311 million people in the United States with a visual of 100 animated people. It then represents the 54 trillion dollars of wealth that the United States possesses in a visual representation, distributed according to green bricks. The video demonstrates a number of striking points that compare what people think the economic situation is in the United States, versus the reality. For example, people think that less than 5% of the US is living below the poverty line when really it is more than 15%. The fact that most Americans don’t realize how serious the country’s poverty problem is makes it difficult to address.
However, this video, by shedding light on the situation, takes the first step of acknowledging how many people are living in poverty in the United States. The next step after this is to respond more actively to the problem. The response to this video has the potential to bolster the public’s general support of non-profits and organizations dedicated to social change. Sign this petition to be part of that movement.
Dear Mr. Morris, Filmmaker ,
Your support of the video, “Wealth Inequality in America” has helped to generate awareness as to the acute levels of wealth inequality in the United States, and shed light on the reality of the issues that we face as a country. As a prominent figure in the film industry, you have the ability to influence the general public, and it is commendable that you chose to share this video to your strong following on social media. As a result, “Wealth Inequality in America” has been receiving far more exposure than it otherwise would have.
One of the striking points that the video makes is that the top 1% of the country commands 40% of the wealth. By pointing out this grave disparity, alongside the recognition that 15% of the country lives below the poverty line, the general public can be motivated to do something to make a change for marginalized people. Thank you for supporting the spread of very important information.
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Photo credit: 401 (k) 2012 via Flickr