Conservatives across America have done it again, raising more than $600K to support the students in the marching band at Talladega College. The Talladega College Great Tornado Marching Band first made national news after they accepted an invite to be a part of the Inaugural festivities later this week. The school is a “Historically Black College” and caters primarily to African-American students, which adds a twist to the story in these racially charged times. The backlash the college received was tremendous and disturbing, as liberals across the nation accosted the school’s leaders for taking part in the Inauguration. The school’s President was verbally attacked and direct threats have been made against the man, his school, and his students… but still Talladega College has not backed down and they will be performing on Friday morning.
Upon hearing of the difficulties faced by these students and their school, the viewers watching Bill O’Reilly on Fox News opened up their hearts and their wallets to help support Talladega College… raising more than $600K to send the band to D.C. and to help rebuild infrastructure at the school and provide scholarships to needy students.
It’s an amazing example of the kindness and generosity of the American people.
Here’s Bill O’Reilly talking about the amazing news:
As you may know, some vicious hateful people are trying to sabotage the presidential Inauguration set for this coming Friday.
There is no excuse for that. A peaceful transition of power should be respected by all loyal Americans.
In fact, the term loyal opposition is a badge of honor because we need differing opinions to have a vibrant society.
But when you take the word loyal out and it’s simply opposition, that is a subversion of our republic.
Enter the Talladega College Marching Band, 230 strong.
The Tornados are a fabulous part of a very important Alabama college.
Talladega was founded by ex-slaves. It is an excellent African-American school that creates opportunities for students who do not have many resources.
The Talladega Tornados were invited to perform at the Inauguration.
Ninety-nine-percent of the band have never been to Washington, D.C.
The kids were thrilled.
But then came threats directed at the college president, Dr. Billy Hawkins.
He spoke to The Factor on Thursday:
From appearance on the Factor last Thursday, January 12
HAWKINS: “They’ve said that I I’ve shamed the college by making this decision, and I’ve had folks that say that I’m a disgrace to my African-American race. It’s been pretty nasty.”
Immediately after that interview, donated money from Factor viewers poured into gofundme.com to help the Talladega band.
As it stands right now, the college has received close to a half-million dollars for their band and scholarships.
That is simply amazing.
From appearance on America’s News HQ yesterday with Arthel Neville
HAWKINS: “We owe Bill O’Reilly and The O’Reilly Factor a great thank you for the appearance on his show.1 We’re just so happy that they’ll have the opportunity as American citizens to have the opportunity to march down Pennsylvania Avenue to be a part of this civic ceremony and I’m just excited for the students. The closer we get to Friday, the more excited I become.”
Again, Factor viewers have donated so much money to help Talladega that not only will the band get to go to the inauguration and have its entire infrastructure upgraded, but scholarships will be available to poor students.
My foundation is donating $25,000.
The bigger picture is this — much of that money was given by Trump supporters, the deplorables who have been demonized as racist by some on the hateful far left.
This story is vivid proof that generalizing about any group of people is foolish and dishonest.
Dr. Hawkins knew what he was doing when he came on The Factor.
He could have gone on any program, but he chose us because he knows this audience. You guys are watching because you want fairness and justice.
On this Martin Luther King federal holiday, the Talladega College Marching Band is getting ready to perform at the Inauguration.
The students will never forget that honor.
The country should be grateful to have these kids in D.C.