When ideological hatred takes precedence over higher education for minorities.
(Buzz Feed) –WASHINGTON — One of the nation’s largest public-sector unions is severing its ties with the United Negro College Fund because the group accepted donations from the Koch brothers and its president spoke at a Koch-funded summit.
In a letter sent Tuesday, AFSCME [American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees] President Lee Saunders wrote that the UNCF has taken actions “deeply hostile” to public employees, which he considers a “profound betrayal of the ideals of the civil rights movement,” and that the union will end its relationship with UNCF.
Saunders cited the UNCF’s decision to accept a $25 million grant from Koch Industries, Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation as a reason for the split, as well as the decision by UNCF President Michael Lomax to speak at a summit hosted by the Kochs in California.
AFSCME’s relationship with the UNCF revolved around their Union Scholars Program, in which sophomore- and junior-year college students could work with AFSCME during the summer and receive scholarship support aftwerward.
That program will cease on Sept. 1.
“UNCF has over 100,000 donors with a wide range of views, but they all have one thing in common: they believe in helping young students of color realize their dreams of a college education. For over 70 years we have never had a litmus test and we have asked all Americans to support our cause.
This year alone, UNCF awarded $100 million in scholarships to more than 12,000 students at 900 schools across the country, yet had to deny 9 out of every 10 qualified applicants due to lack of resources.
AFSCME is taking the crumbs they toss the UNCF’s way and going home. No. Big. Loss.
Oh, dear. How will the UNCF ever survive without AFSCME’s support?
AFSCME gave between $50,000 and $60,000 annually to the UNCF for its AFSCME/UNCF Union Scholar Program, which has served 94 students since 2003.
Take note AFSCME apparently they are plenty of kids who feel a college education is far more important than race baiting hysterics.
1,600+ undergrad/graduate students have applied for the UNCF/Koch Scholars Program & the number keeps growing pic.twitter.com/HuSX3hJ9YX
— UNCF (@UNCF) July 11, 2014