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Some Nerve!

Filed under: General — Dana @ 8:58 am

[guest post by Dana]

The United Negro College Fund announced this week that it was the recipient of a $25 million grant from the….. Koch brothers.

As a result of their unmitigated gall, it is anticipated that a large portion of the money will pay for approximately 3,000 merit-based scholarships for African-Americans seeking a college education. The remaining balance (about $6 million) will be split between historically black colleges and universities and UNCF’s own budgetary needs.

UNCF President Michael Lomax expressed his gratitude for the gift:

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.

Reactions to the gift have been interesting. Of course, this story can’t just be about the goodwill of two men and the grateful recipients.

The Washington Post comments:

Such a highly-publicized gift is unusual for Charles Koch. His foundation routinely gives away lots of money, but typically with little fanfare.

It should be noted that it was the UNCF that made the announcement.

Amusingly, the Daily Kos, perpetually in the throes of a whiny girl’s hissy fit, sneered:

A donation of a measly 25 million dollars to the United Negro College Fund out of their billions and billions.

I know DK is target rich, but what heck, here is the rest of their ridiculously embarrassing tantrum:

I’m wondering if this somehow replaces the damage done by their coal operations alone. It is well established that minority communities bear the brunt of pollution damage.

If they really waned [sic] to help these children get through college then they should stop financing laws that let these same children get gunned down in what amounts to Lynching 2.0.

Because nothing says we rejoice in good fortune reaching those in need like being an all-around jerk.

Harry Reid was unavailable for comment.


24 Responses to “Some Nerve!”

  1. The Kochs give immense amounts to education and healthcare and the arts. You’d think the left would learn to love them as much as they love Soros, wouldn’t you?

    Dianna (d5e144)

  2. Harry Reid will have another stroke! But what difference will it make?!?!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  3. Anyone who hasn’t read Vision of he Anointed by Thomas Sowell should do so.

    Has anyone else noticed how crappy the search function on Amazon has become ?

    Mike K (cd7278)

  4. The Anointed !

    Mike K (cd7278)

  5. It’s all a cunning plan by the Koch brothers to exploit the blacks. See if more blacks go to college then more blacks will be employable, and who employs people? That’s right the Koch brothers.

    max (4fdf98)

  6. I do not believe the Koch family donates to causes and charities in order to get attaboys or recognition. They clearly don’t care much what people like Harry Reid think of them one way or the other. I believe they genuinely want to use their fortune to support groups, research projects, and worthy institutions that they think can benefit society and make people’s lives better for a long time to come.

    I guess one of the unexpected benefits of the ugly “war on Koch” is that many people like me who previously had only limited knowledge of them and their companies now do know about them and appreciate them more for what they do.

    elissa (8c77d6)

  7. so they’re going to fund 3000 students, who will most likely all get degrees in utterly useless, but politically correct fields, who will then go on to perpetuate the “i be a victum of racism, yo” mentality that drives the crabs in a bucket behavior that keeps blacks in the socio-economic state LBJ put them in…

    better that the brothers had taken that money, in $1 bills, and burned it in a fireplace to help fight the coming ice age.

    nothing but sad, all the way around. i am SO glad i do not have children who’s future i have to worry about.

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  8. The Kochs give immense amounts to education and healthcare and the arts. You’d think the left would learn to love them as much as they love Soros, wouldn’t you?

    The left hates private charitable giving because it crowds out government funding. I’m only half joking here.

    JVW (feb406)

  9. The left hates

    edited for brevity & to enhance accuracy. 😉

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  10. When Kos writer Horace Boothroid III matches the Koch’s $25,000,000 gift he’ll have earned the bona fides to open his pie hole in public, till then he’s nothing but a stupid stingy loudmouth skinflint.

    ropelight (1977a1)

  11. putting monies in a pot for people just cause of their race is not something i would ever do my whole life

    it’s just not my thing

    and the whole idea makes me a little uncomfortable to be honest

    but it’s not my money

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  12. Mr Feets – and what do you think the racial quotas supported by the Dems are doing ?

    Alastor (2e7f9f)

  13. that’s different, you H8r!

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  14. racial quotas are only good for when you want this many of one race and this many of another race Mr. Alastor

    but I’m having trouble thinking of a good reason for doing that

    I’ll get back to you if I think of one

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  15. happyfeet,

    I thought about that issue: Is their donation to the ANCF essentially supporting and endorsing a form of race based preference? Or is it somehow separate?

    From their mission statement:

    UNCF envisions a nation where all Americans have equal access to a college education that prepares them for rich intellectual lives, competitive and fulfilling careers, engaged citizenship and service to our nation.

    UNCF’s mission is to build a robust and nationally-recognized pipeline of under-represented students who, because of UNCF support, become highly-qualified college graduates and to ensure that our network of member institutions is a respected model of best practice in moving students to and through college.

    UNCF’s North Star is to increase the total annual number of African American college graduates by focusing on activities that ensure more students are college-ready, enroll in college and persist to graduation.

    Dana (9a8f57)

  16. i’d have to do clicks and googles

    it’s a demographics question, yes?

    my gut says men are far more under-represented in colleges than african-americans are

    but i don’t get all the memos

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  17. Wachoo talkin’ ’bout, happyfeet? People donate money to scholarship funds for all kinds of reaons — the main one of which seems to be that people will not remember you only as a money-grubbing robber. And giving money to people you like more than other people is also something people do every day. That a bunch of black people got together and said “Let’s get some money together so we can send our kids to college” is as American as baseball, apple pie, and Indian reservations.

    nk (dbc370)

  18. If they really waned [sic] to help these children get through college then they should stop financing laws that let these same children get gunned down in what amounts to Lynching 2.0.

    That’s probably referring to this:

    Gerald A (21bbc2)

  19. but me i’m not feeling it Mr. nk

    the first thing what occurs to me is that in these latter days of failmerica, when you give to a scholarship fund benefiting a personage of any hue, contrast, vertical, or brightness, what you’re ultimately doing is subsidizing an american college or university and all the mindless low-wattage obama-fellating fascism what’s implied by that

    me I don’t give monies what wind up in the fascist whore hands of anyone connected to failmerican academia

    though to be honest – after this dimbulb filthy food stamp whorestate elected obama the second time, I’ve up and stopped giving all together, except for friends and family

    these sick pitiful amerisluts can find themselves another patsy

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  20. This will make you feel better. Cook like a Greek in one hour total:

    Four sweet bell peppers (I like green)
    Two pub burger patties
    A quarter cup of rice
    A good slice of onion if you like onion
    A clove of garlic if you like garlic
    Some dried mint if you like mint
    Salt, pepper, and two tablespoons of olive oil
    A can of diced tomatoes
    A cake pan just big enough to hold the bell peppers with a little wiggle room
    An oven

    Start soaking the rice. Carve out the tops of the bell peppers and hollow them out just like you’d do for a Halloween jack-o-lantern. Throw away the stuff from inside. Mince the onion and garlic. Mix the hamburger, rice, onion, garlic and mint, and stuff it into the hollow peppers. Oil your baking pan with the olive oil and place the stuffed peppers in it. Spoon diced tomatoes on top of the bell peppers to cover the part you carved away; and some around them if you like tomato sauce. Bake at say 350 degrees for say 30 minutes. Maybe 35? You don’t want to have more than a little browning of the peppers around the edges. Good with feta. Bread, too, if you like bread, but you can get most of the sauce with your fork anyway.

    nk (dbc370)

  21. Ina related matter:

    More than half the members of the City Council have fired off a letter to Walmart demanding that it stop making millions in charitable contributions to local groups here…

    ..“Stop spending your dangerous dollars in our city,” the testy letter demands. “That’s right: this is a cease-and-desist letter.”

    Last week, Walmart announced that it distributed $3 million last year to charities here, including $1 million to the New York Women’s Foundation, which offers job training, and $30,000 to Bailey House, which distributes groceries to low-income residents.

    Local nonprofits that have received charitable contributions from Walmart are denouncing extraordinary demands from the City Council that they return the funds to protest the retail giant’s policies.

    Even charity officials whose ideologies are in line with the far-left council said its position — which stems from concerns about Walmart’s wages and work conditions — is way out of line.

    “We will not give the money back nor should we,” declared Joel Berg, executive director of the ­Coalition Against Hunger…

    3 years ago, the New York State Senate Democrats returned a campaign contribuution, but that’s the only kind of contribution that anybody returns

    Sammy Finkelman (8ab807)

  22. Why didn’t the Koch Brothers give 50 million instead of just 25 ?

    Elephant Stone (8a93a2)



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