AFSCME to UNCF: Buh-Bye!

Well, stupid things are bound to happen on occasion.

The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) have dropped a partnership they have with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) because – hold on! – They accepted donations from the eeeevil Koch brothers.

A statement from the union president, Lee Saunders, includes a description of the Koch brothers as the “single most prominent funders of efforts to prevent African Americans from voting.” Well, that’s not over the top, is it? I was actually gratified he didn’t describe them as the leaders of the KKK.

So, conservatives are not allowed to donate to a minority college fund? I think that the $25 million grant to UNCF is probably assisting a lot of college students right now. But we can’t have that, can we?

Saunders also states in his letter (to UNCF president Michael Lomax) his disapproval of UNCF accepting monies from the Koch brothers (their foundation actually) but he “was truly stunned…” that Mr. Lomax would speak at a Koch brothers summit.

“This was a betrayal of everything the UNCF stands for.”, Saunders states.

I thought the mission of the UNCF was “to build a robust and nationally-recognized pipeline of under-represented students who, because of UNCF support, become highly-qualified college graduates and to ensure that our network of member institutions is a respected model of best practice in moving students to and through college.” (From the Mission Statement here)

Of course, Saunders goes on to state some silly stuff as well.

“We must hold ourselves to the same standards that we promote through the Union Scholars Program,” Saunders wrote. “To practice what we preach, to fight for social justice, and to stand up for what we believe. I cannot in good conscience face these students or AFSCME’s members if I looked the other way and ignored your actions.”
I’m sure UNCF will miss AFSCME’s partnership, but I hope it doesn’t prevent them from raising monies to further their admirable mission.

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