In an article published at http://www.thedailybeast.com/topics/george-soros.html, Ben Collins investigates the rumors surrounding George Soros’s involvement with Black Lives Matter Movement. Noting the conservative media’s coverage of the connection between George Soros and the Black Lives Matter movement, the article specifically mentions the promotion of the rumor on The Bill O’Reilly Show and on the American Thinker website. Allegedly, Soros contributed $33 million dollars in financing to the Black Lives Matter movement. The article states that a guest from The Washington Times discussed George Soros’s connection to left-wing organizations on The O’Reilly Factor. The connection was alluded to because the three women who are believed to have started the Black Lives Matter movement worked for organizations owned by Soros. However, the article goes on to point out that a director at Soros’ philanthropic organization claims that Soros never gave any money to any of the three women. Furthermore, the director of U.S. programs at Soros’s Open Society Foundation claims to not even know how to begin to understand how the connection was made or how the rumor got started. The article then goes on to discuss how George Soros’ fundraising efforts on behalf of Hilary Clinton may have led to such speculation, but that Soros or any Soros owned organization is not in the business of funding protest movements.
George Soros is a left-leaning intellectual who has a long history of practical philanthropic involvement. Soros’s philanthropic history has spanned the globe. According to the website for his Open Society Foundation, in 1979 he provided scholarships to black South Africans who were living under apartheid, and in the 1980’s he gave countries in the Eastern Bloc Xerox machines so that banned texts could be copied. Continuing in his almost grass roots organizing efforts for what he believes to be a better world, he developed Central European University to help expand and promote critical thinking in Europe once the Berlin Wall came down. This list barely scratches the surface of his altruistic involvements however. George Soros’ foundation Open Society has also helped people being held unlawfully throughout the world obtain legal representation, and his organization has helped students who were either unable to afford an education or who were living in conditions that kept them from pursuing educations to obtain educations. It seems clear that George Soros is someone who acts when he sees what he believes to be injustice in the world.