Taxpayer-funded university offers paid summer internship that EXCLUDES white students, professor sues

The University of Minnesota, which is funded by taxpayers, has found itself in hot water again for ostensibly violating federal civil rights law after it offered a $6,000 paid summer internship for non-white students, resulting in a law professor filing a complaint.

School representatives confirmed on Monday that they were re-evaluating the graduate studies program after Cornell University law professor William Jacobson filed a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

The internship promoted the program as an effort to “prepare students of color and Native Americans for graduate school” and included a $6,000 stipend for participants, according to the school’s website.

The Equal Protection Project of the Legal Insurrection Foundation, in conjunction with Professor Jacobson, filed the complaint last week.

“There is an increasing trend where people think it’s OK to discriminate on the basis of race as long as the discrimination is against whites or Asians or others, and we don’t accept that,” Jacobson commented during a recent interview, according to the Daily Mail.

“The U. Minnesota segregated summer program is inexcusable, and it’s shocking that a major university would so openly make educational opportunities open only to students of a certain skin color,” Jacobson told Fox News Digital. “ calls on the university immediately to open up the summer program to students of all races, ethnicities, and skin colors.”

“There is no good form of racial discrimination. Depriving white students of educational opportunities does not promote racial or any other form of justice,” the professor continued. “U. Minnesota’s conduct is inexcusable.”

“We all thought racial segregation in education as government policy ended with Brown v. Bd. of Education, but unfortunately it has been reborn under the umbrella of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” he said. “Whatever you call it, it’s immoral and illegal, and U. Minnesota needs to stop treating students differently based on skin color.”

“At we believe that the remedy for racism can never be more racism, it’s equal treatment of all persons without regard to race,” Jacobson declared. “Unfortunately, U. Minnesota appears to think that pitting students against each other based on race by making educational opportunities available based on skin color is the answer, but that just compounds the problems.”

The Multicultural Summer Research Opportunities Program is “an intensive 10-week summer program in which undergraduate students of color work full-time with a faculty mentor on a research project,” according to a listing on the school’s website.

An application for the program required students to divulge demographic information. After the program was exposed, the university evidently removed the eligibility requirement that a candidate must be Native American or a person of color. The requirements now say participants must be US citizens or permanent residents.

Jacobsen told the New York Post that it is his considered opinion that the University of Minnesota has no legal right to discriminate against students based on their race. He called the school’s policy “regressive,” accused school officials of “undoing civil-rights progress,” and taking the US “back to the 1940s and 1950s.”


A representative for the school told the New York Post that it would be “evaluating the criteria for this student support program as part of this routine process and make any appropriate updates.”

The law professor believes there are better ways to engage students of color in community programs.

“What you can’t do is set up categorical racial barriers to participation, which is what they’ve done,” he said taking aim at the university.

The Equal Protection Project asked the federal Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights in its complaint to strike down the “discriminatory” program immediately.

“We urge the US Department of Education to fully investigate how pervasive segregationist practices are at U. Minnesota. Federal funding should not be used to promote educational opportunities restricted by skin color,” Jacobson told Fox News Digital.

“Federal funding for U. Minnesota needs to be reevaluated,” he asserted.

Jacobsen went on to contend that the university is playing “word games” after they initially claimed the summer research program was not paid. He pointed out the $6,000 stipend as payment.

“If this was a program that restricted participation to whites, there would be an absolute uproar, and we would be part of that uproar,” Jacobson concluded.

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