I don’t recall where I found this picture. The measure of which religious persuasion cares most, apparently, is determined by how much money was given to the man with the sign.
Advocates for ending homelessness generally caution against giving cash to the homeless but instead donate to reputable charities. Giving cash tends to encourage long-term non-productive behaviors such as increased and more aggressive begging. This doesn’t help their situation, it merely assuages our own feelings. In my opinion, it serves to further dehumanize them, and helps them to tolerate indignity. Though I have given cash, I’d don’t like to, I’d rather offer food. I’ll offer to go buy a sandwich or something and bring it back to them. I’ve heard of people tell of this kind of offer being rejected, but I’ve never been turned down.
What do you conclude, if anything, from the amounts in the respective cups — presuming they are authentic and not staged? Of course this would be a marginal slice of each group’s population, but I’m asking you to generalize, if possible.