by Patricia L. Dickson 7/24/14
Union president, Lee Saunders, of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees sent a letter to the United Negro College Fund President Michael Lomax announcing that the union was severing ties with UNCF because he accepted a donation of $25 million dollars from Koch Industries and the Charles Koch Foundation and spoke at a Koch-funded summit.
In a letter, Lee Saunders wrote that he was “deeply troubled” by Michael Lomax’s decision to accept $25 million from David and Charles Koch. He assumed that by accepting those funds Mr. Lomax was “in no way supporting or lending the name of the UNCF to the political or social causes view of the Koch brothers.” He then continued saying that he was “truly stunned” to learn that Mr. Lomax spoke at a Koch brothers summit in California and feels that it was a “betrayal” of everything the UNCF stands for and that his appearance at the summit could only be interpreted as “a sign of your personal support and the UNCF’s organizational support of the Koch brothers’ ideological program.”
The AFSCME is basically an arm of the Democrat Party and donates to Democrat candidates for office. The United Negro College Fund is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization that awards scholarships to students from low- and moderate-income families. It also provides financial support for its 37 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) for scholarships and capacity building.
The Koch brothers are wealthy conservatives that happen to be white and have donated considerable sums of money to various philanthropic efforts through their foundation. These two brothers are hated by the democrats for two main reasons: being wealthy and conservative. They have also donated considerable amounts of money to advance conservative political causes.
So, let me get this straight. The Democrat Party and all of its supporters claim to be the champions of black Americans. They claim that the Koch brothers are evil rich white racists. The supposedly racist Koch brothers donates $25 million to UNCF (probably the largest donation the organization has ever received) and the AFSCME president claims that the UNCF president has betrayed everything the UNCF stands for by accepting a donation that would help to educate millions of black American kids that probably would not have otherwise had an opportunity to attend college. Huh? What planet are these people living on? When will black Americans realize that they’ve been “ played” by the Democrat Party?
Patricia Dickson blogs at Patricia’s Corner.
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