UNCF Shouldn’t Apologize for $25 Million Koch Brothers Donation

Roland S. Martin
Roland S. Martin

The American body politic is so divided, hostile, suspicious and downright angry that even a donation by two right-wing conservative brothers to a group focused on educating African-Americans is considered an assault against our black ancestors.

When it comes to progressive causes, Charles and David Koch are the embodiment of Lucifer. Democrats despise them, accusing them of desiring to take over the nation by spending millions of their billions to elect right-wing conservatives and libertarians to offices nationwide.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid invokes their name as if they were mass murderers, and liberal TV, radio and online outlets trash them with impunity. As for the Koch brothers, they don’t care. They are focused on spending upward of $300 million in this year’s election cycle to push candidates they prefer in office.

So what does any of this have to do with their foundation making a $25 million donation to the 90-year-old, nonpartisan the United Negro College Fund? Absolutely nothing.

Critics say the Kochs are trying to curry favor with African-Americans in order to mask their devilish political plans. Others are calling the $25 million “blood money,” and assailing Michael Lomax, president and CEO of UNCF, as a turncoat, an Uncle Tom, a traitor to his race.

This vicious assault on the UNCF is shameful, despicable and downright pathetic.

For decades the UNCF has raised money from a variety of sources: liberals and conservatives; Democrats and Republicans; big business and small business; whites and blacks; you name it, folks from all kinds of backgrounds have donated the $3.6 billion raised by the group in its history, and have helped more than 400,000 students attend college.

As Lomax said on my TV One daily show, “NewsOne Now,” there should be no litmus test for the UNCF.

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Roland S. Martin is senior political analyst for TV One and author of the book “The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as Originally Reported by Roland S. Martin.” Please visit his website at www.RolandSMartin.com. To find out more about Roland S. Martin and read his past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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