Well, if you said you would donate it to a failing school system that already receives massive amounts of donations from Disingenuous White Liberals who care little for the results and return on investment of their philanthropic gift, but depend more on the moral capital the gift bestows upon them, then you are thinking along the lines of Mark Zuckerberg:
Mark Zuckerberg, the 26-year-old Facebook founder and the biggest climber on this year’s Forbes 400, has just agreed to donate $100 million to Newark’s troubled public schools.
The tech whiz kid is expected to appear on fellow Forbes billionaire Oprah Winfrey’s show tomorrow to announce the gift, alongside Newark Mayor Cory Booker and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The New York Times reports that Zuckerberg’s donation will allow Booker to start redesigning the failing Newark school system, taking some control from the state.
This is the first time Zuckerberg has made a large-scale public charitable donation. He joins the ranks of other Forbes tech billionaires known for their philanthropy.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates, the richest man in America for the 17th year in a row, is also the most generous person on the planet: he’s cut checks totaling $28 billion to date. He and his wife launched the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 1994, when Gates was 38 – a dinosaur compared to Zuckerberg – with an initial gift of $94 million.
Zuckerberg has yet to join Gates and Warren Buffett’s billionaire giving pledge, which has seen 40 of the wealthiest Americans pledge to donate the majority of their wealth to charity over their lifetimes.
Mayor Booker’s leadership has attracted approximately $100 million in private philanthropy to the City of Newark and a variety of nonprofits and public/private partnerships have been created and used to better the lives of Newark residents.
In April 2008, the Newark Charter School Fund was established to provide grants in support of Newark’s charter schools to support a successful public school system in Newark.
The City of Newark also works with GreenSpaces, which has committed $40 million toward the largest park expansion initiative in over a century with a total of twenty one park construction and rehabilitation projects scheduled for completion in every ward by the end of 2010.
To support the Newark Police Department, the Newark Police Foundation was established in 2006 and provides funding and other services to the Police Department which has had a significant impact on the NPD’s ability to pay for necessary resources that would otherwise not be readily funded through the department’s budget.
Facing a daunting $70 million budget gap, Newark, N.J., Mayor Corey Booker says he can't afford to spare even one square: Discontinuing toilet paper in city offices is among his proposed cuts to remedy Newark's 2010 budget deficit.
"Every single contract that does not go to the core function of our city in providing safe streets, providing fire protection or other things to keep our city afloat will now be cut," Booker said during a press conference on Wednesday.
Well, Cory Booker has been gallivanting around with crowds containing very rich people, unlike the constituency that elected him to office in the first place. Why isn’t Newark better off? Why are cities with lots of red in these maps safer and more productive areas to live in?
$100 million dollars for Newark and for the school system: that will provide a lot of free lunches and more importantly, toilet paper.
Something tells us that Mr. Booker is going to get the Fenty treatment in the upcoming election.
A gift of $100 million grants Zuckerberg entry into the esteemed category of white liberals who pay homage to Black Run America (BRA) with a philanthropic gift, gaining unquestionable political capital in the process.
An Inconvenient Truth that goes outside the realm of education is simply this: The Social Network is about to be released that paints Zuckerberg in a most distressing and unpleasant light.
Nothing generates positive public relations like giving money to poor, perpetually down-trodden Black people, the cure-all for overcoming a movie and negative publicity that depicts you as a villainous, licentious cretin.
$100 million is but a small price to pay for smoothing over the rough-edges of reality for Zuckerberg, and donating it to Black people is a move right out of the pages of Mr. Deeds.
Regardless of the reason behind the gift, Newark schools will continue to fail and $100 million will have only purchased Zuckerberg positive press accolades.
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