During the late 1970s, Wall Street legend, George Soros began to feel he had made enough money for himself and felt he should begin to help those in need. His initial attempts at philanthropy were halted by government agencies in Apartheid-era South Africa who took credit for his attempts to educate the black South African’s in a secure environment; Soros eventually established the Open Society Foundations and worked with charity experts to build a network of charitable groups initially in Eastern Europe and later across the globe. Despite often being an organization involved in funding existing groups, the Open Society Foundations recently made headlines when The Atlantic reported Soros had donated an impressive $18 billion to his own foundation.
The donation to a group determined to bring democracy to all was not met with the universal acclaim one would have expected for such a generous act of kindness designed to enhance the global community in a safe and secure way. Conservative media outlets and conspiracy theorists more comfortable with the right wing philanthropy of the Koch Brothers portrayed the work of George Soros and the Open Society Foundations as a threat to the security of the world. This is just the latest example of the work of George Soros being misread by conservatives as a veiled attempt to continue the perceived attempt by Soros to take over the world from behind the scenes.
Obviously, the aim of George Soros is not to take over the world but instead to enhance the lives of those he feels are living in a repressed way because of government actions. George Soros has become a major supporter of some of the groups who are often underrepresented in positions of power such as the Romany community in Central Europe who the Open Society Foundations have assisted with legal assistance as they attempt to be recognized as a nation within the European Union. Soros has also used the Open Society Foundations to complete a large amount of work with humanitarian groups fighting for the rights of African-Americans who are often living in difficult conditions with few educational opportunities to improve their lives.
The work being done by George Soros in the U.S. is often the root of the problems many conservative commentators have with the former refugee and his Open Society Foundations. Among the accusations leveled at Soros is the myth he is the brains behind the “#BlackLivesMatter” movement; exploding this myth is simple as Soros has spent much of his time in the 21st-century backing African-American supporting humanitarian groups who form the basis of the movement.
Another accusation of the conspiracy theorists is that George Soros is looking to have a major impact on political direction of the U.S. and world as a whole through his work as a philanthropist. Across the world, Soros and the Open Society Foundations have backed liberal-leaning groups who reflect his own personal beliefs but often work to bring about knowledge of democracy rather than exact regime change in any nation.
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