Rev. Al Sharpton Throws United Negro College Fund Under the Bus Over Koch Donation

by / July 27, 2014 Black News 23 Comments


The United Negro College Fund has taken a lot of heat for accepting a $25 million dollar gift from the conservative Koch brothers.

Most recently, AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, cυt all ties with the UNCF for accepting the gift, and now Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network is piling on.

Last week NAN released a  statement siding with AFSCME over UNCF.

“While National Action Network respects the work done by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) in support of students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities and understand the need to raise funds to continue this critical work, we stand in support of the decision by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) to sever ties and end their partnership with the UNCF,” read the statement.

It continued: “As a nonprofit civil rights organization, NAN recognizes that the funding landscape has changed and many organizations must figure out ways to continue their programming by bringing in new types of funders. However, the Koch brothers have not only worked on initiatives that have a disenfranchising effect on the same students UNCF supported institutions work to educate, the Koch brothers have also led efforts to end union organizing.”


23 Comment

  1. I do not know if Koch brothers are racists or anti -Blacks if they are donating $25 mi to United Negro College Fund. I hope they are not another Don Sterlings. I would accept the donation unless it's to further White supremacy. But I am seeing some Blacks such Herman Cain and Allen West hang around with Koch Brothers. I think it may be panic by AFSCME.

  2. Let me put it in perspective for you. Accepting money from the Koch Bro's is same as accepting it from the KKK. If anyone thinks they donated this money without an agenda is totally naive and ignorant to politics. This is about control and influence. $25 million dollars will certainly go a long way in keeping the "status quo" in tack. HBCU's are breeding grounds for the slave plantation marketplace. Michael Lomax is either misguided or he'll do anything to keep his job. If he isn't already a GOP conservative, he's surely to be one now.

  3. I applaud brother Lomax for being a man of character and commitment for his vision in this situation with the $60K union's annual donation verses $25M. So you do the math and reality will hit you square in the ass, it would take more than 400 years for the union to surpass the Koch donation. The color of money is green (powerful) and as for Al "go along to get along" Sharpton who would jump into a pool of rattlers if there was a $ in it for him, I say go to hell.

  4. And FYI, I have experienced first hand how our Unions can and will abandon the cause in the fight for right. I served through the ranks of my Union for better than 20 years only to be set-up and eventually set-out by some rouge officers who had a different agenda. I speak of the American Postal Workers Union and bear no shame in calling them the money hungry fakes that they are, where they only see members as a cash cow who will sponsor their lavish party style.

  5. Everyone has an agenda, Sharpton's is to make as much cash as he can while keeping us focused on everything his puppet masters feel is negative to us, as if we all good and wonderful people who do not commit the exact same crimes, racist comments and

  6. James Alexander, if HBCU's are breeding grounds for the slave plantation market place, just what then does that make you! That statement is so wrong and insulting to hundred of thousands of Black men and women on so many levels! Like Sharptons statement, another reason not to believe or follow the hateful rants of the uninformed! Most of the graduates of HBCU's are productive members of society, a great number are quite successful! We are free thinker's not lemmings who believe everything that is said or told to them just because of the popularity of the person who said it!

  7. This is shameful. How much did Sharpton accept from Bill O’Reilly? Why hasn’t Al called for Winston-Salem State, Albany State, Fayetteville State, and Spelman to give back what they received from the Koch Foundation? Beside that obvious hypocrisy, the union supports NAN because of money, not because they are such nice people and just love Back folks. What’s good for the goose… To make this donation a political issue, and that’s exactly what Sharpton is doing, because he has a political puppet master, is shameful on his part. But maybe not; he’s done worse. Black folks especially had better learn the difference between politics and economics. The latter controls the former, on both sides of the aisle. The folks funding and supporting Sharpton aren't in love with us either, so until we are ready and willing to fund our own organizations, I thank God for the Michael Lomax’s among us. Same for Booker T. Washington who used money from white folks to start Tuskegee. I guess all the Black grads from there should renounce their degrees. Be careful who you pick as your leaders, folks, you may have to follow them one day.

  8. Do you think NAN, the NAACP, and the Urban League would have rejected the $25 million? As long as you maintain the integrity and control of your organization, what's the problem? Maybe the operative word is "integrity." A whole lot of folks would like to get their hands on that kind of jack. Just call it reparations then. There are several other companies out there who mistreated Black folks, i.e. banks, insurance companies, etc. that are being petitioned for reparations. If they decide to pay up, will Sharpton tell N'Cobra to turn their money down?

  9. Hello, Jim, ''White Folks'' funding B.T.W., isn't necessarily a bad thing. I'll bet these people, as a group, were more non -'political then those Koch brothers!!!

  10. Sharpton is concerned about the Koch Brothers, he should be focused on the HBCU in West Virginia that is 90% WHITE and the city does not rent to Black students attending the university. Bluefield State College in West Virginia should be marched upon and take part of the 25-million and build a new dorm just for Black in this racist town.

  11. Was the money green? Will it help some children to get an education? Whites, some of them racist, have been getting money from blacks for ever. Look at black wall street. Those people were destroyed by the government and racist citizens. Did any survivors get anything?

    James Alexander, if the KKK offers $25 mill to the UNCF they should accept it. Think of it as payment for lost wages. Every racist organization should be made to support black institutions. I know that is in the same basket with reparations.

    If a racist offered me money I would accept it. What makes you think that some who appear as non-racists actually are (non-racist)? Once you have the money you can spend it as you want UNLESS you have an agreement that is restrictive. Only in that scenario should you consider not accepting money.

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