Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Texas Being Sued for Discrimination against HBCUs

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Texas Being Sued for Discrimination against HBCUs

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Southern University (TSU) law professors are suing the state, saying it discriminates against historically Black colleges and universities.

One suit protests the nearly $1 billion set aside for medical schools under the settlement of the state's lawsuit against tobacco companies.

"All of the money was allocated to majority-White institutions," points out Grover Hankins, a lawyer and TSU law school professor. "None of it was allocated to Texas Southern, Prairie View, or the other nine historically Black colleges and universities.

"Basically, we want a share of the funds -- and we want a substantial share," he says.

Only health, medical, and science-related institutions with graduate and research programs received endowments. The suit seeks to block allocation of $956 million to those universities.

The second lawsuit alleges Texas maintains a largely segregated higher education system for Whites and Blacks. The suit is similar to the Fordice case in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Mississippi had maintained separate higher education systems, a violation of civil rights laws. …

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