CHARITABLE: Marcus Carter, 27, says giving scholarships to poor white men helps him sleep well at night
AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN US Army veteran who is vice president of an education charity that gives out scholarships solely to white men denied being “racially oppressed”.
Marcus Carter, 27, joined the Former Majority Association for Equality while serving in Iraq with the organisation’s founder Colby Bohannan. “Former majority” refers to white Americans.
Bohannan was motivated to start the college fund to redress the balance because of the number of grants offered to non-whites.
It has caused fury in the US where statistics show the number of white Americans enrolled in college is double the sum of all minorities combined.
Carter told website WFAA: “I can't really say I understand where they're coming from, being only 27-years-old, I don't feel racially oppressed.
“Just because you don't benefit directly doesn't mean it isn't beneficial.”
According to its mission statement, FMAFE said: “We do not advocate white supremacy, nor do we enable any individual that does.
“We do not accept donations from organisations affiliated with any sort of white supremacy or hate group. We have no hidden agenda to promote racial bigotry or segregation.
“Our existence is dedicated around one simple principle, to provide monetary aid for education to white males who need it.”
FMAFE said it only gives scholarships in small sums of $500 to white men who are committed to education and have a financial need.
Its nine-member board of directors includes a Hispanic man and two women who all volunteer.
Carter added: “I go to sleep knowing that I am doing something good for society. I'm being a productive member of society in my own heart.”
A black blogging site said: "Somewhere, there is a dead slave who never learned to read crying".