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Civil rights official warns colleges to cancel 'segregated graduations'

Added 05-16-22 09:03:02pm EST - “A U.S. civil rights official has warned two colleges that their segregated graduation ceremonies for Black, LGBTQ and other minority students are illegal under federal anti-discrimination laws.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Civil rights official warns colleges to cancel ‘segregated graduations’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A U.S. civil rights official has warned two colleges that their segregated graduation ceremonies for Black, LGBTQ and other minority students are illegal under federal anti-discrimination laws.

Attorney Peter Kirsanow, a Black member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, admonished California Polytechnic State University and Oakton Community College in Illinois that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars them as government-funded schools from offering programs that exclude White, male students.

In two separate letters shared with The Washington Times, he cites the act’s Title VI provision that “no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Mr. Kirsanow wrote to California Polytechnic President Jeffrey D. Armstrong on April 25 about the university’s plan to hold nine separate graduations next month for Black, “Latinx/Chicanx,” Jewish, disabled, Asian and other students.

“It has apparently escaped the notice of Cal Poly’s Office of General Counsel that separating students based on race or ethnicity remains illegal in 2022,” Mr. Kirsanow writes.

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