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3 Out Of 4 White Americans Don’t Even Have One Of These

Friendship is magic. And the lack of diverse friendships in the U.S. is ... whatever the opposite of magic is. Now, I'm not saying it's entirely you-the-individual's responsibility to make all the diverse friends you can. (Though — is that the worst thing?) This radio piece isn't saying that either. What I am saying is press "Play" and just *try* to not have your mind opened up juuuust a crack.

3 Out Of 4 White Americans Don’t Even Have One Of These

2:00 — Ferguson card played. And it's a good thing! Let's pay attention to real numbers. There's a racial divide in Ferguson.


3:28 — The moment where you realize the guy who's been researching the race divide has spent 40 years thinking, "This is the year it will get better!" But it hasn't ever gotten better.

5:08 — What *do* you say to people who are all, "This is America, and we are free to be friends with who we want"?

5:58-6:22 — *Boggle* Diverse friendships statistically lead to less violence?!

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.