The Political Agitator response: Again I repeat that I support folks be they black or white when I agree with some things that they do, however that I disagree with I don’t support. So yes I would accept the part of Koch that I choose to and that I didn’t I would not accept.
Would you ever allow Charles Koch to mentor your children? A recent article in the Huffington Post, by Christina Wilkie and Joy Resmovits, discussed “How the Koch Brothers Are Buying Their Way into the Minds of Public School Students.” The article states that, Charles G. Koch, the billionaire chairman of Koch Industries, is funding a public high school course designed to turn young people into “liberty-advancing agents.” Instead of criticizing the program and suggesting Koch is engaged in some sinister plot, the question progressive Blacks should be considering is: What’s wrong with teaching teens how to become self-sufficient small business owners?
Politicians of both Democrat and Republican stripe talk about “jobs” as if they magically appear. For African Americans, the answer is creating more Black entrepreneurs, who will in turn create jobs in our communities and inspire others as well. Is Black antagonism toward Charles Koch so prevalent that if he was willing to help African Americans build a culture of excellence would Black dads and moms turn him down?
Koch-inspired high school or college-level youth who acquire basic principles in economics will provide America new entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs drive America’s economy and account for the majority of our nation’s new job creation and innovations. According to a Census Bureau Survey of Business Owners, self-employed individuals operate three-fourths of U.S. businesses. The Small Business Administration reports that America’s 25.8 million small businesses employ more than 50 percent of the private workforce, generate more than half of the nation’s gross domestic product, and are the principal source of new jobs.
Those Blacks focused on partisan politics don’t have the mindset to seek mentorship from one of the world’s most successful capitalist. Bloomberg News reported that Charles and David Koch have a net worth above $100 billion. The brothers are majority stakeholders in Koch Industries, the nation’s second-largest privately-owned company after Cargill Inc. Those Blacks looking to build a culture of and capacity for excellence are urged to look into Youth Entrepreneurs, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit charitable educational organization based in Wichita, Kansas. The organization aims to educate high school students and program alumni to provide them “with business and entrepreneurial education and experiences to prosper and become contributing members of society.” Youth Entrepreneurs was founded in 1991 by the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation as an eight-week course designed to improve the professional potential of at-risk students. Since its founding the organization has produced more than 10,000 Youth Entrepreneurs. Let’s be truthful, the majority of Blacks still look cockeyed at business concepts and enterprise operations. Youth Entrepreneurs’ official mission is to provide youth with “business and entrepreneurial education and experiences that help them prosper and become contributing members of society.”
Except for his father Fred Chase Koch, who could be better mentoring capitalistic principles and processes than Charles Koch? Mentoring is a process for informal transference of knowledge, social capital, and psychosocial support. While the Koch brothers are perhaps best known for their support of conservative political candidates and causes, they have a longstanding interest in education. Charles Koch is no friend of Black Democratic politicians. They have a tremendous disdain for the Koch ideology that proposes radical revision of the American education system. An opponent of big government Koch advocates promote: “the complete separation of education and state … government ownership, operation, regulation, and subsidy of schools and colleges should be ended.”
Whine “racism” if you want but, the only reason Blacks are “outside the loop” is because they never elected “to jump in.” It’s time more Blacks tap into established Koch-funded “free-enterprise” pipelines. A student can take the Youth Entrepreneurship course in high school, participate in the Youth Entrepreneurship Academy to earn scholarship money and then use that money to pay for a degree from a Koch-funded university.
Black community leaders and groups that are interested in developing young peoples’ passion and skills to succeed in the marketplace are encouraged to contact: Youth Entrepreneurs Georgia, 133 Peachtree Street NE 32nd Floor, Atlanta, Ga. 30303 – Phone: (404) 652-3892, via email Scott.Brown@YEGeorgia.org.
William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the BaileyGroup.org