November 28, 2022

Newly filed federal civil rights lawsuits accuse 12 Oklahoma universities of illegally discriminating against students through programs that exclude certain students on the basis of race and national origin.

“Oklahoma’s higher education institutions must not engage in advertising and sponsoring academic programs that discriminate on the basis of race,” he said. laura morganRegistered Nurse, Program Manager do no harmgroup of medical professionals.

“Twelve universities of Oklahoma are participating in this competition. Louis Stokes Coalition for Minority Engagement (LSAMP) Programs supported by the National Science Foundation require applicants to ‘identify as an underrepresented minority’. In particular, eligible applicants are limited to ‘African American, Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander’. Because this is a violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, we filed a federal complaint with the Office of Civil Rights. Good medicine does not tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind, and certainly not in any medical education program.”

Do No Harm describes her mission as protecting health care “from radical, divisive and discriminatory ideologies” and “the radical ideology of ‘anti-racism’ is creating new barriers and bad practices that endanger health and well-being” . of everyone, including those who claim to be helpful.”

The Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Representatives (OK-LSAMP) program, a consortium of 12 Oklahoma universities, is focused on increasing the number of underrepresented students obtaining science, technology, and engineering degrees in schools, the school said. . and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

12 participating schools Cameron University, East Central University, Langston University, Northeastern State University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Oklahoma State University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Central Oklahoma University, University of Oklahoma , and University of Tulsa.

federal civil rights action filed by Mark J PerryProfessor Emeritus University of Michigan Do No Harm’s senior fellow said that the requirement that participating students “identify” certain specific groups violates federal law. , color and country of origin.”

He added that the program includes not only white students, but also “MENA, Chinese, Indian, Taiwanese, Filipino, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Hmong, Korean, Pakistani, Cambodian, Sri Lankan, Malaysian, Singaporean, Laotian, Bangladeshi, Indonesian and all other Asian students…

The lawsuit comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is preparing a ruling on a case focused on the legality of race-based college admissions.

Students for Fair Admission Vs. University of North Carolina’s petitioner argues that preferential treatment for admissions has the effect of discriminating against some students, particularly those of Asian descent, on the basis of race.

state of Oklahoma A brief description of the case was submitted with the plaintiff.

“It was questionable from the start whether campus diversity was a strong justification for open racism,” the Oklahoma state briefing said.

Oklahoma voters passed State Question 759 in 2012, with 59% of the vote, authorizing a state ban on preferential treatment.

The state issue amended the Oklahoma State Constitution to read: “The State shall not favor or discriminate against any person or group on the basis of race, color, sex, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment or public contracts.”

The Oklahoma briefing noted that a proportion of Asian, Hispanic, and Native American students were admitted because preferential treatment was banned in college admissions. University of Oklahoma The proportion of black students increased while decreasing slightly.

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments. Fair Admissions vs. University of North Carolina Students October 31st incident.

The Oklahoma State University publicity material was one of the quotes in Do No Harm’s Complaints about OK-LSAMP. OSU officials did not respond to requests for comment.

This story first appeared online.

Ray Carter is the director of the Center for Independent Journalism. An experienced and award-winning journalist, whose stories are regularly Oklahoma City Sentinel in print and online at city-sentinel.com

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