The Ferguson Protests were an encapsulating moment in time for the history of the United States. They can truly be considered a sparking point in the global fight for equality and the local fight for social justice throughout America. And, to be honest, it could not have happened without the gentle guiding hand of a billionaire investor by the name of George Soros. Now, if George Soros rings a bell then you might have already had some familiarity with him. For those not in the know, let’s dive in.
George Soros is one of the most impressive and successful investors that the United States has ever seen. Going from a Jewish child living in Nazi-occupied Hungary in his youth to eventually landing in America with the foresight to start his own company, well, Soros’ story is as impressive as it is dramatic. George Soros became a sensation in the investment world thanks to his work with the Soros Fund. He parlayed that success into a worldwide battle for social justice and progressive ideals, starting at home and shifting his focus abroad. Eventually this would lead George Soros to found the Open Society Foundations. The Open Society Foundations helps to bring progressive ideals to every nook and cranny of the world by providing education, democracy, and social equality. Read this story at Politico about George Soros.
The Open Society Foundation is working just as well at home in the United States as it is abroad. In fact, this philanthropic tilt toward social values is what brings us to the Ferguson Protests. Soros donated nearly $33 million to local grass-roots, on the ground political activists living in cities all in and around Ferguson. This funding allowed the Ferguson Protests to go on long even when many members of the mainstream media were trying to shut them down. Without Soros help funding the protests we never would have seen just how ugly the inequality can be between races in America.
Of course, Ferguson isn’t the only place that Soros has made a huge impact. He’s been in the political machine for decades, always pushing to get more progress to politically expedient places. Soros rose to political fame when he backed Al Gore in 2004 but he never went away after Gore’s loss. Soros did however take a sabbatical as he realized it wasn’t right to spend too much money in politics. Money shouldn’t equal speech and that is something that George Soros deeply understands and respects.
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However, things changed in 2016 when Donald Trump ran for President of the United States. Realizing just how disastrous a Trump presidency could be, Soros jumped back into the political fray by backing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Soros would go on to donate nearly $25 million throughout the 2016 election cycle to progressive causes all throughout the country, including to Super PACs associated with the Clinton campaign. These donations would set up the Democratic Party to really push for important issues even leading up to the 2018 elections that will fundamentally shape the way the United States operate. Know more on investopedia.com about George Soros.