Colby Bohannon (top left) and other members of the The Former Majority Association for Equality. Image: The Former Majority Association for Equality
Texas State University student and Iraq war veteran Colby Bohannon felt frustrated by the lack of scholarships dedicated to white males like himself.
“If everyone else can find scholarships, why are we left out?” he told a local paper.
So he decided to do something about it. Bohannon started a non-profit, called the Former Majority Association for Equality, and his group plans on giving out $500 this year exclusively to white men with at least a 3.0 grade point average.
“We know that we’re going to be receiving some vicious attacks from people claiming that we are racists or promoting some bigotry-filled agenda,” the Texas State University student told Reuters. But the real reason behind the scholarship is to help students, he says, who used to be the majority but aren’t anymore. According to recent census figures, whites make up 42 percent of Texas’ population.
But after receiving some requests from multiracial students, Bohannon says the group will now allow those who are at least 25 percent white to participate.
“My feeling is that if you can say you’re 25 percent Caucasian, you’re Caucasian enough for us,” Bohannon told Reuters.
The school has no issue with the group, since the scholarship isn’t any different from other scholarships targeted to an ethnic minority.
In the past, scholarships solely for white males have been offered by Republican groups in Rhode Island and Massachusetts in 2004 and 2006, AOL reports.
FMAE, according to a statement on its website, has no “political aspirations, financial agenda, or radical social philosophies whatsoever.”