[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.