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Leftists RAGE After United Negro College Fund Accepts $25 Million From Koch Brothers

Now that the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) has accepted a $25 million donation from Charles and David Koch, at least one Ivy League professor is worried sick and a bunch of leftists have taken to Twitter to express their rage.

The donation, by Koch Industries Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation, was announced on Friday. It will be split between $18.5 million for a new Koch Scholars Program supporting nearly 3,000 individual scholarships and $6.5 million for general support to the UNCF and historically black colleges.

Marybeth Gasman, a higher education professor at the University of Pennsylvania claimed that the UNCF – a charitable organization dedicated to helping black people get college degrees – is “wrong” to accept this particular $25 million to help black people get college degrees, according to Inside Higher Ed.

Gasman bellowed that Koch organizations have been “deeply affiliated with the Tea Party.” She alleges that Tea Party leaders want to weaken the political interests of black Americans.

“There is too much at stake to take money from them,” Gasman told Inside Higher Ed. “I feel like the UNCF is getting into the position of being a puppet.”

She is also agonized that the $25 million donation will put the Koch brothers in a positive light.

It didn’t take long for leftists to tweet their fury as well.

Twitter user OBA SCHOR texted this gem to the world on Sunday morning:

 

Another recent tweet from SCHOR reads:

 

In his all-caps Twitter profile, SCHOR describes himself as an “AFRICAN-AMERICAN MAN” with a message for “HATERS: KILL THEM WITH SUCCESS & BURY THEM WITH A SMILE.”

Similarly, Twitter user Kamilah Harris – a self-described “Secular Freethinker” – tweeted:

 

Another recent tweet from Harris reads:

 

Inside Higher Ed suggests that the wrath about the $25 million gift arises because critics worry that the scholarships will favor students who share the largely conservative and libertarian principles of Charles and David Koch.

The plan for the $18.5 million UNCF/Koch Scholars Program is to provide tuition assistance to “exemplary students with demonstrated financial need and an interest in the study of how entrepreneurship, economics, and innovation contribute to well-being for individuals, communities, and society.”