In the news yesterday:
The billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, known best for shepherding big money to conservative causes and candidates, have given a $25 million grant to the United Negro College Fund, the organization announced Friday....Gosh, why did that happen? Perhaps because of the tremendous amount of negative attention the Kochs are getting these days?
And why yesterday in particular? Well, this also happened yesterday:
A documentary is finally about to see the light of day, after being defunded and subject to de facto censorship thanks to the influence of billionaire David Koch of Koch Industries. Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's Citizen Koch examines how the billionaire Koch brothers used to wealth to exert influence in Wisconsin amid staggering union protests and a near-recall of its corporate-friendly governor....The movie opened in New York yesterday, and will be showing in other cities in the weeks to come. (It's a documentary, so it's not exactly going to be The Fault in Our Stars, but I guess the Kochs aren't taking any chances.)
Hmmm ... what does this remind me of? Oh, yeah -- this, from 2010:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is setting a US record by giving $100 million - the largest philanthropic donation from someone his age.The Newark school system is 82% non-white (PDF).
The 26 year-old will appear on "Oprah" Friday to announce he's giving the money to the Newark, NJ public school system. Newark can use the money - it's one of the country's weakest school systems - only half of its students graduate from its high schools....
So why Newark? Why now?
Trailers for Sony Pictures Entertainment's film, "The Social Network" are flooding the new fall TV shows and reviews are hitting major papers.
The movie is based on the founding of Facebook – and Zuckerberg does not come off as a sympathetic character....
So I guess that's how we solve the problem of chronic underfunding of education for minority-group members in America: just make lots and lots of movies about disreputable billionaires. The guilt money for non-white students will come flooding in! Problem solved!
Get to work, Hollywood.