Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

White Teachers Sue for Reverse Discrimination at North Carolina Historically Black College

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

White Teachers Sue for Reverse Discrimination at North Carolina Historically Black College

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SALISBURY, N.C. -- Five current and former White college instructors have accused historically Black Livingstone College of denying them tenure and promotions.

In a civil lawsuit filed in Rowan County Superior Court seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages, the instructors also claim Livingstone had a plan for filling staff positions with Blacks.

The lawsuit claims documents from a 1993-94 review of academic programs show notations by a former college dean to remove Whites as department chairs, cut White faculty and hire Blacks for open positions or promote them over Whites.

One plaintiff, Arthur Steinberg, also has filed a separate racial discrimination lawsuit against the institution seeking compensation for reduced income and "intentional infliction of emotional pain and suffering." He alleges that because of his race, the college has promoted less-qualified Blacks over him, isolated him, harassed him, manipulated his evaluations and tampered with his mail, telephone and office.

Livingstone spokesman State Alexander says school officials would not comment on the legal cases until they are resolved. …

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