Announced on Wednesday, the civil rights lawsuit was filed by the conservative Judicial Watch (JW) and WNC Citizens for Equality Inc. According to the latter, at least three members of Judicial Watch (JW) and WNC Citizens for Equality Inc claimed that they were able to apply for city scholarships if it wasn’t for their race.
The city donated nearly $1,000,000 to two non-profits, the Asheville City Schools Foundation and CoThinkk as part of an agreement for a lawsuit regarding utility bills. The city claims that these two nonprofits were selected for their work in the advancement of racial equality.
The ACSF website lists two scholarship opportunities that are only available to Black students.
“We thank the city for entrusting us with this generous donation which will be used for the creation of two scholarships,” it reads.
“One is a scholarship fund that will support a group of Black teachers and staff at Asheville City Schools. Another scholarship, which will continue to be available in perpetuity for Black students in Asheville City Schools’ high schools, will be given in perpetuity for those students who want to pursue a career as educators. “
JW sued to reflect a larger, national struggle over “equity” and many claim that it was used as a justification for racism.
“Discriminating on the basis of color is against the law. Creating a scholarship for blacks is also illegal, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton stated in a Wednesday press release. This civil rights lawsuit is designed to make sure that Asheville students are not denied education scholarship opportunities due to their race. “
Efforts like Asheville’s are generally defended as ways to either rectify historic injustices or assist underrepresented communities. Asheville is currently pursuing a reparations program.
CoThinkk, Asheville’s city council and ACSF did not respond immediately to Fox News’ requests.