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A non-profit group has launched a college scholarship for a demographic it claims are under-represented in society - white men. The Former Majority Association for Equality will give grants of $500 to any man from Texas who is at least ‘25 per cent Caucasian’, has good grades and can demonstrate they are in need. Its founder Colby Bohannan claims whites feel ‘excluded’ when they apply to college and that they are ‘left out’ when it comes to funding.
The provocative move risks a backlash by anti-racism groups but college officials in Texas have said there is little they can do to prevent it. Mr Bohannan, a former Texas State University student and Iraq veteran, said the group was named because of the idea that ‘if you're not a male, and if you're not white, you're called a minority’. ‘I'm not sure white males are the majority any more,’ he said. ‘If everyone else can find scholarships, why are we left out?’ He added that the group is not taking a stance on affirmative action and has denounced racism.
On its website FMAFE claims its goal is: ‘To financially assist young Americans seeking higher education who lack opportunities in similar organisations that are based upon race or gender. ‘In a country that proclaims equality for all, we provide monetary aid to those that have found the scholarship application process difficult because they do not fit into certain categories or any ethnic group,’ it says. It adds that they do ‘not want to appear racist or racially motivated’ and that they will not accept any donations from hate groups.
Despite the apparently wild claims Bohannan may actually be correct - Hispanics accounted for two-thirds of the population growth over the past decade in Texas. Non-Hispanic whites now make up about 45 per cent of residents. The scholarship has already touched off a heated debate in Texas and on the Texas State University student newspaper opinion was divided. About-time wrote: ‘This is awesome! Its about time people realize that white people deserve help too. Its not just minorities who struggle’.