United Negro College Fund Accepts $25 Million From Conservative Koch Brothers

United Negro College Fund Accepts $25 Million From Conservative Koch Brothers
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Friday is a day when people dump news that they don’t want widely publicized, so it comes as no surprise that the United Negro College Fund chose today to announce that the organization has received a $25 million dollar gift from the conservative Koch brothers.

The Associated Press reports that the Charles Koch Foundation, an organization headed by one of the ultra conservative Koch Brothers, gave the UNCF the multi-million dollar grant.

The grant designates $18.5 million dollars to go toward 3,000 merit based scholarships for African-American students and $6.5 million to go toward African-American colleges. The money certainly comes at the right time, considering how many HBCUs are struggling thanks in part to the Obama administration’s changes to PLUS loan guidelines.

Michael Lomax, CEO of the UNCF, maintains that the organization has always reached out to donors regardless of ideological background. Given the divisive nature of today’s politics, however, Lomax says he knows he’ll take heat for the decision to accept money from the Koch brothers. He’s OK with that considering he turns down 100,000 needy students annually. From his point of view, the need is too great for him to turn down millions of dollars that could go toward educating African-American students.

“Criticism is a small price for helping young people get the chance to realize their dream of a college education, and if I’ve got to bear the brunt of someone else’s criticism to ensure that we have the resources to help those students, then I can handle it, and I can take the heat,” Lomax told the AP.

Lomax says he met Charles Koch for lunch and found that they both agreed on the importance of education.

“We talked about students. We talked about the kinds of support they need. We talked about the shared belief that there are a lot of talented young people there whose lives will be transformed if they get a chance to complete a college degree,” Lomax said.

 

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hernanday1
hernanday1

When black folks take money from non-blacks like this they become compromised, blacks really need to build their own things.

AllenShaw
AllenShaw

With three important Board Members the entire program will be changed. Remember the "nose under the tent"!

This is the way the Black man has been sold down the river for so long.

travelpack84
travelpack84

I think it's important that the students who receive these grants are well aware of who the Koch brothers are & that they often use their money to gain influence. Oh and also that their father was one of the founders of the John Birch Society. Use this money wisely just be careful it dosent use us. <3

dgw468
dgw468

@travelpack84 Who gives a crap about what affiliation their father may have had?  Is the self-righteous Kennedy family giving millions to the UNF?  How about the Clintons?  Actions speak louder than words, and only a liberal black fool would continue to pay more attention to the empty rhetoric of the Democrat plantation overseers.

youmewe
youmewe

There is no need to attach strings. The power here is that thousands of young educated Black People from this day on will owe their education to the Koch brothers. Many of these young people will move on to positions of influence. The Koch brothers will have their attention and quite possibly their support. 


The money given to UNCF is chump change to the Koch brothers. The great irony here is that the Koch brothers are rich enough to establish a large endowment for scholarships at every HBCU. They could easily become the biggest benefactors of higher education for Black people and in the process hijack the minds of thousands educated Black people well into the future. The UNCF gift may be just a prototype, there're plenty of Black organizations that will take their money. If there is a string it's simply this, when comes to the Koch brothers just keep your mouth shut. That's all you need to do, most times that's all a gangster needs.

AllenShaw
AllenShaw

The thing to look at are the "strings" attached to the gift. In a gift to another organization the Koch's reserved the right to approve of the board member.  This is a powerful position to hold and will direct the entire direction the educators will take in their programs. Conservative or moderate.  Will the schools be able to be independent?

MorganaLeFay
MorganaLeFay

I am completely opposed to everything that the Koch's stand for, because they have shown that time and time again, profit comes before the American people. I am uncomfortable with the source of this gift, and suspicious of whether those crafty, conniving bunch will try and extract any favours from UNCF in return for their donation. Having said that, I think that Lomax's reasoning is hard to refute. He is only trying to do what is best for his students, and is willing to put aside politics for the sake of African-Americans who want to study and move ahead. That is a noble sentiment which encourages me to partially-quell my resentment towards the brothers, and think of the positive work this money can do for African-American students. Of course, this isn't the only solution, and there needs to be meaningful reform in the long-term to stop colleges relying entirely on donations, but it is a start. 

youmewe
youmewe

@MorganaLeFay Lomax's reasoning is really a rational for his actions. He knows what he is doing is incorrect, it's reflected in his language. He's sending the wrong message to the people he wants to help the most, Black students. The really rich know the true power of their money and use it well. The Koch brothers are the best at it. Lomax is a poor boy out of his lane, he's dealing with straight up gangsters. Once you take their money they own you no matter what you may think.

MorganaLeFay
MorganaLeFay

I understand what you are saying. As I wrote before, I am uncomfortable with the money coming from the Koch Brothers. Will they try and use UNCF support for their anti-American pursuits? However, when it comes to the educationa of African-Americans, I cannot refute his argument.

youmewe
youmewe

@MorganaLeFay The Koch brothers use money as a weapon of mass destruction and it's an excellent tool to divide and conquer. Black people are certainly divided on UNCF accepting the money. People fail to consider the long term consequences of taking the money. Money will reveal a person's character. 


I posted this earlier: There is no need to attach strings. The power here is that thousands of young educated Black People from this day on will owe their education to the Koch brothers. Many of these young people will move on to positions of influence. The Koch brothers will have their attention and quite possibly their support. 


The money given to UNCF is chump change to the Koch brothers. The great irony here is that the Koch brothers are rich enough to establish a large endowment for scholarships at every HBCU. They could easily become the biggest benefactors of higher education for Black people and in the process hijack the minds of thousands educated Black people well into the future. The UNCF gift may be just a prototype, there're plenty of Black organizations that will take their money. UNCF and Lomax are a test, the Koch brothers are quite happy with the result.


To be fair to Lomax, he had to take the money or he'll lose his job.

ROBERT@atx
ROBERT@atx

@atodds 


ON this website we try to share information with each other but we have to stay with the topic of the article ; I couldn't start talking about OPRAH , SOROS or NAMBLA; because they had nothing to do with this article but if those articles come up I'LL be happy to comment on them.


A good idea is to read the article and the comments carefully before you comment and yes websites do have races there are ASIAN, HISPANIC as well as JEWISH websites this just so happens to be a black one.

atodds
atodds

@ROBERT@atx @atodds 

I don't agree with your narrow interpretation of the topic of the article to suit your own tastes. By the way, I didn't see Mr. Sterling or the NAACP mentioned in the article, but you chose to comment on both yourself. I am also quite curious as to why you didn't admonish an earlier poster who specifically mentioned Soros and a host of others? Seems hypocritical to me.

ROBERT@atx
ROBERT@atx

@atodds 


NOTHING you stated was news to me; I am aware of everything you said ; but the article was about the KOCH'S giving money to a black organization and I don't if you noticed but this a black website and my comments were made in that context

atodds
atodds

@ROBERT@atx @atodds 

I didn't realize websites had a race. I merely pointed out that the Kochs are no different than any of the other global elite, whether black, brown, yellow, red, white or some combination thereof. 

As I said, I don't view things in terms of race, but rather, economics and the people at the top are not just winning - they are trying to enslave us all through a variety of means. You want to take the limited view from a purely racial perspective it is certainly up to you.

youmewe
youmewe

@AllenShaw @atodds @ROBERT@atx Once you take a gift from someone of questionable values you're compromised. Think about dogs, fleas, Trojan Horses, divide and conquer. For the Koch brothers money is a weapon of mass destruction.

ROBERT@atx
ROBERT@atx

THIS is very disturbing and  turn for the worse because given the history of the KOCH family you would ask what interest or concern would they have with black people.


ALSO considering the size of this donation of 25 million and we all know that our so- called leaders would sell their mothers for 25 thousand what do they expect to receive in return because nobody gives money to black organizations for no reason or out of the goodness of their hearts because the KOCH'S have no goodness.


AND once again these black organizations have proven  that they will take money from anyone ; they simply don't care who they have to get in bed with; because even though the NAACP caught all the publicity this group also took money from MR STERLING.


READ the links below and see who the KOCH'S really are!


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/11/09/1254355/-The-Kochs-A-Nazi-Past-Oil-The-Foundation-of-The-Right


http://exiledonline.com/a-peoples-history-of-koch-industries-how-stalin-funded-the-tea-party-movement/


http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/04/donald-sterling-v-stiviano-los-angeles-clippers-basketball-sex-naacp/



atodds
atodds

@ROBERT@atx 

Who the Kochs really are...sigh. Eventually, folks like you will understand that people like the Kochs, Soros, Gates, Winfrey, etc. don't care about race or country per se, but purely as a means of division. They don't care about your color or mine - only our economic status and if it isn't "elite" we are merely serfs for the various kings/queens.

Do you even know about Soros background? That he helped the Nazis find fellow Jews during WWII and profited from it? He was a teenager at the time and you can pull up a youtube video interview where he calls that the best time of his life. Soros also recently gave 2 million dollars to NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association) whose motto is "sex before 8 or it's too late".

Did you know that Bill Gates father was the President of Planned Parenthood? As in the organization that aborts around 50% of all the black babies conceived every year...in other words genocide. Look into his foundation and you will see an evil agenda that he shares with a number of others.

They call themselves "The Good Club" and are bent on population control and control in general of where the rest of us live, what we eat, the car we drive, etc., etc., etc. and Oprah Winfrey is a major player in the club. It isn't about race, it's about economics and if you aren't at the top of the food chain you are just another useless eater that needs to be controlled regardless of color.

ConstructiveFeedback
ConstructiveFeedback

Before I even read this article - earlier today I was reading about Shawn Dove of "The Open Society Foundation".   OSF is funded by George Soros.    While George Soros has his tentacles into all types of "Black Organizations" (NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Schott Foundation, Black Male Achievement Association,etc) -without generating even a whimper about buying the favor of Black people - for some strange reason the Koch Brothers throw up caution flags>

Let me ask you - is there a distinction between "What Americanized Blacks PREFER" (In the way of Progressive Fundamentalist policy and thought) versus what is EFFECTIVE TO DEVELOP BLACK PEOPLE - something that this POPULAR force that now has establishment power in our community has thus far failed to deliver - after collecting so much of our valuables.

I am NOT saying that the Koch Brothers would be welcomed with open arms - without suspicion and inspection .
I AM SAYING that George Soros - and for that matter ALL Black Political Operatives who seek to fuse "The Black Struggle" with "Political Opportunism" in America need to be inspected as well.

THEY, unlike the Koch Brothers have closer access to the Black Community's "Soft Tissue" - allowing their cuts to cause us to bleed out.

Watchful
Watchful

@ConstructiveFeedback


U're so right, there really ain't a dime's worth of difference between the agendas of the Koch Bros. and Soros as far as our ppl r concerned.