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Because Alabama thrives on living in the dark ages, the University of Alabama can forget about a $15,000,000 donation that was going to be made by two alums. Elliott Mitchell and Clark West, who are married, met at the university in 1972, planned on leaving their estate to the university after they died (wait, they don’t have any family?). But have no changed their minds.

“We understand the conflict of well-intended people struggling to find balance with this issue,” they wrote. “But, we also realize there is no support in the legislature or initiatives at the University to create a dialogue. Instead, there is a very strong and continued effort by the state and the majority of its citizens to exclude this group in every way possible.”

Last year the couple donated $1,000,000 to the university but have now had no plans on ever stepping foot in the state again.

“We never expect and never want people to change their religious views,” Mitchell said. “Just give us a document that gives us the same rights as you have.”

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  • Me

    sooo… these dudes called the school up to tell them about money they’re NOT giving for two deaths that are probably another couple decades away? is the school supposed to care? you think the school is sitting around rubbing their hands together waiting on 2 dudes to die so they can be funded? that’s like the lotto calling me up personally to tell me i didn’t win. i could figure that out by the looks of my bank account. why is this news? it’s like these dudes pulled the adult gay version of “nanny nanny boo boo”.

    • Anthony

      I don’t think you work for a university, Me. Trust me, fundraisers are sick about this. Not only are they sick about missing this couple’s money, they are probably scared to death at the negative publicity that might encourage other liberal donors to take their money elsewhere.

    • noirluv45

      Oh well. Anthony, how many times are people/organizations going to be strong-armed into accepting something they don’t believe in? I mean, someone’s gotta have a backbone.

      I’m not saying they should discriminate against anyone, but if they hold a value they don’t believe in, then all the money in the world shouldn’t buy it.

    • Anthony

      No, they don’t have to give in because of financial incentives. Afterall, Alabama, like a lot of other Southern States, is turning down billions of dollars in Medicare expansion even though there are rural hospitals going broke.

      People who actually run institutions, like colleges and hospitals are sensitive when it comes to funding because the politicians making the political points are not going to open the purse to make up the difference.

    • Objection

      Are you one of those professors that agrees with everything the provost says? Don’t believe everything the provost or the board of trustees say. You have rights Anthony. You don’t have to walk around campus with your head down scared to make eye contact. ;)

    • Anthony

      Where did that come from? I am not talking about a school administration policy, I am talking about a school attracting donors and building its endowment.

      In my experience, faculty tends to argue pretty strenuously with administrators. Top level administrators come and go, it is the faculty who stay at a school for a career, and who develop an institutional memory.

    • Objection

      I’m messing with you.

    • Anthony

      Sorry, I can be humor challenged at times. LOL!

    • K.C.

      It is a University. They service people of all backgrounds. They should not discriminate. I’d boycott and strong arm them too if they discriminated against black people. In fact that is what we did in the 60s when they did not allow black students in.

    • Me

      how can they be? that money was contingent on their death. if ua really was counting on $15mil not knowing when these dudes are gonna pass & when they’d be able to cash the check, that’s silly. the school could go belly up before these dudes even cough loudly. promised money is worthless. unless they had a check that they were signing over today or in the very near future, this whole thing is just a publicity stunt. who’s to say they even had $15mil actually set aside somewhere for the school at all?

    • Anthony

      The point is that if wealthy donors publicly announce that they are leaving millions to a university, it encourages others to do the same. If they take back their money, it also encourages others to do the same. Building an endowment is a long term process. It is not about how many dollars a school gets within a just a few years,

    • BillipPhailey

      Did you not go to college? Endowments are vital to maintaining academic integrity and administration (ask your local HBCU). $15 mill could offset costs that have become more burdensome in the wake of the state’s gutting of education budgets. These men are right to put pressure on the institution to put pressure on the state to get it together.

      This is why they’re winning (in other states). They have $ and know what to do with it. Take notes.

    • noirluv45

      Well, that’s life.

    • Objection

      These men are right to put pressure on the institution to put pressure on the state to get it together.

      Are you OK with the Koch Brothers using their money and power to force their belief on other people? I’m sick of the rich throwing their money around and acting like they can control the middle class and the poor.

      People should give money to universities and colleges to advance society; not as a tool to force their political or social belief. The University of Alabama is a state funded school. The policies at a state funded university should not come with a price tag.

    • Me

      that $15million depends on them dying. the school wouldn’t be getting it until years/decades from now. that’s so far out, it can’t even be counted in any real budget. lots of folks are walking around with a will that says who they’re gonna leave their money to. that will is useless until they die & up until they die that will could change a million times. so why would the school care?

  • noirluv45

    Look, the bottom line is some people don’t believe in gay marriage. You can holler, scream, throw your money and power around, but if they don’t accept it, they don’t accept it.

    I will say, the LGBTQ community sure has society by the short and curlies. We Black folks could learn a lot from them if we pulled together and had the backing that this community has. Unfortunately, we don’t.

    • Anthony

      We can achieve a lot if we are willing to put our money where our mouth is, which what the LGBTQ community is doing. Just remember that these same folks in Alabama used violence to squelch interracial relations in a way they have never done against gays, but the Civil a Rights movement and Federal goverment shut that down, the same thing will happen with gay marriage.

    • PrimmestPlum

      I partially agree. The Black Community should put our money where our mouth is just as the LGBTQ community is doing. However, we should also keep in mind that the main reason why this LGBT movement is making such strides is greatly due to the fact that White men, non-straight White men, but White men nonetheless, are the face of the LGBTQ mainstream. Most White men are assumed to be straight until proven otherwise and therefore will be granted all of the privileges that a straight White male would be granted. The same isn’t true for Black gay men, or Black or non-Black lesbian women.

      Regardless of your sexual orientation, religion etc, if you are White you have a huge leg up. There are still people who believe that LGBTQ issues and race issues don’t intersect.

    • noirluv45

      Great points, PrimmestPlum!

  • K.C.

    Good for them. I believe in live and let live. There are so many hateful people of all backgrounds. I prefer to focus on the positive ones. Like my parents always said, when you are in need, you never know who will save you from a burning building. Also, if an institution discriminates, definitely keep your money from them. Too bad they can’t take back that million they already gave. I know if I gave my money to an institution that ended up discriminating against me as a black woman, I’d want my money back.