Obviously, many of us who post on SB don't agree on all topics. But I'd like to think that we all have a sense of responsibility that would motivate us to pull through on our promises.
Such is not the case with former BET and current MSNBC commentator Jeff Johnson. Johnson attended the University of Toledo in the early 1990s. He has periodically come back to UT to give speeches and to assist with the Africana Studies program.
In 2011, Johnson was honored at a special Black Alumni Weekend Homecoming event. An announcement was made that he was donating $10,000 to establish a scholarship for Africana Studies majors. It was a big deal and the UT Foundation feted Johnson at several events over that weekend.
Just one problem--Johnson has never actually given a dime of what he promised.
Maybe we should expect as much from an MSNBC person, but has he no conscience? Wouldn't you feel guilty that people were honoring you for making that contribution and you haven't pulled through on your end of the promise?
I guess this type of thing happens occasionally--in fact, a local fundraiser told me that there are Toledoans who are habitual deadbeat high-dollar "contributors." Their mothers taught them better!