Cards Against Humanity Gave 100 People $1,000 And Took A Stand Against Wealth Inequality

"Today, eight men own the same amount of wealth as the poorest half of humanity."

This company is more than just a "party game for horrible people." In fact, as evidenced by Cards Against Humanity's latest prank, it seems downright helpful and informed. The company just gave 100 deserving people $1,000 and spoke out about income inequality.


Just last month, 150,000 people signed up for Cards Against Humanity Saves America campaign, and they are now midway through a six-day period of reveals and surprises for those who signed up. Day 1 saw a prank to keep President Donald Trump from building the wall across the U.S.-Mexico border. Day 2 saw the creation of The Good News Podcast, which is pretty self-explanatory. Day 3 brought about a little redistribution of wealth. Let us explain.

"Here are some crazy facts: Today, eight men own the same amount of wealth as the poorest half of humanity (almost four billion people)," Cards Against Humanity writes, explaining that 1 in 5 American households have zero or negative wealth — something that is "truly fucked."

In lieu of continuing to feel like there's nothing they can do about it — and ditching the idea to eat all rich people so their houses can be inhabited — it decided to give back some of the subscription fees for Cards Against Humanity Saves America. While 140,000 people got nothing, 10,000 got their $15 back with the poorest 100 of them getting a check for $1,000.

Cards Against Humanity goes into detail about how it determined who these 100 individuals were — based on sign-up survey responses and geographical census data, admitting that some folks may have been overlooked in the imperfect process. It knows this doesn't exactly fix income inequality but the stories — which has accounts of this money helping people with bills, debts, loans, holiday gifts, and much more — clearly demonstrate that they are a starting point.

"I don't make more than $1,000 a month; receiving that much money is almost like giving me a month of my life back," Jos from California said, adding in that they are living on their own in a big city with medical costs of a gender transition and paying their way through college. "It's like giving me my thoughts back. For once, if only for a short while, I can think about something besides my stupid bank account balance. I can breathe." Other stories are similar and just as heartwarming.

This social experiment wasn't all fun and games, though. The company's FAQ for the stunt left off with details about how one can get involved to end wealth inequality. "The most important thing you can do is support candidates who are working to fight inequality and are not turds," it wrote, also including links to three organizations who are actively working to solve the problem: Move On, Americans For Tax Fairness, and Student Debt Crisis.

(H/T: Adweek)

Cover image via Cards Against Humanity


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