City of North Carolina to amend scholarship to remove preference for black applicants as part of legal settlement
FIRST ON FOX: The city of Asheville, North Carolina, will amend controversial scholarships in a lawsuit to challenge provisions directing money to black people.
Fox News Digital previously reported on the scholarships, which were intended for black educators and students. The settlement, approved Jan. 11, with the nonprofit Judicial Watch delete racial language and instead contains a preference for first generation students.
“Our clients, a group of Asheville residents, including high school students, courageously challenged this blatantly discriminatory and illegal scholarship program in federal court,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement to Fox News Digital.
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“Fortunately, the city of Asheville did the right thing by quickly ending these indefensible race-based scholarship programs,” he added.
“This federal lawsuit and the remarkable settlement that results from it should serve as a wake-up call to activists and allied politicians pushing the left-wing extremist agenda to separate and discriminate on the basis of race.”
WNC Citizens for Equality Inc., which also filed a lawsuit, said at least three of its members said they would apply for the city’s scholarship if it weren’t for their race.
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The city voted in April to donate nearly $ 1 million to two nonprofits – Asheville City Schools Foundation (ACSF) and CoThinkk – in a class action settlement involving bills of public services. According to the city, these two organizations were chosen for their efforts in promoting racial equity.
On its website, ACSF described two scholarships. “We thank the city for having entrusted us with this generous donation which will be used to create two scholarships”, we can read.
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“One will be established as a scholarship fund for a cohort of black educators and staff from schools in the city of Asheville who are pursuing their next level of education and / or certification and another scholarship will be awarded in perpetuity to black high school students in schools in the city of Asheville. , with particular attention paid to students pursuing a career in education. “
The city, ACSF and CoThinkk did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.