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Arkansas Minority Health Commission Scraps ‘Scholarship Program That Excluded Whites After Lawsuit’

Arkansas Minority Health Commission Scraps ‘Scholarship Program That Excluded Whites After Lawsuit’

“The lawsuit was brought on behalf of an Arkansas pre-nursing student”

It’s amazing how often this type of discrimination happens today. You think of this as a thing of the past, but it isn’t.

The College Fix reports:

Arkansas health agency ends scholarship that excluded white students after lawsuit

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission has ended a scholarship program that excluded white students to settle a federal lawsuit filed by Do No Harm, a group of health professionals working against discriminatory DEI policies.

The lawsuit, filed in mid-April, challenged the constitutionality of the scholarship sponsored by the commission that limited eligibility based on race, according to the attorney general of Arkansas.

To settle the lawsuit, the commission agreed “it will no longer offer the scholarship and will not reinstate it with limitations for eligibility based on race,” Attorney General Tim Griffin stated in a May 8 news release. “… As a general matter, under the U.S. Constitution, the government cannot treat its citizens differently based on their race.”

The scholarship awarded $1,000 to full-time students and $500 to part-time students, the Washington Examiner reported, adding the 2023 scholarship “awarded a total of $27,500 to 29 students studying a healthcare-related discipline at a college or university.”

The lawsuit had alleged that the scholarship program discriminated against students because, to be eligible for it, an applicant needed to confirm that he or she was not white, Do No Harm stated in a news release.

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of an Arkansas pre-nursing student “who otherwise met all of the scholarship’s requirements but could not apply for the scholarship because of her race,” the group stated.

“Medical scholarships, like medicine itself, should be open to all. I am grateful that Arkansas ended its discrimination,” the student, who is not named, stated in the release.

A May 11 op-ed in The Wall Street Journal by Stanley Goldfarb, chairman of Do No Harm, and Mark Perry, a senior fellow with the group, said the organization has successfully stopped many educational organizations from race-based discrimination in recent years.


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The two words that democrats are unable to comprehend are racism and fascism. This word you keep using, …

That’s okay. I am sure I will be able to count on one hand the number of White students who get this scholarship over the next 10 years. It does not matter what the official criteria is, somehow the vast, vast majority of recipients will be people of color (POC).

healthguyfsu | May 15, 2023 at 10:10 pm

I’m torn on this.

If these programs stay open, the injustice would be highlighted on display. However, the collateral damage of allowing such a festering boil to ooze could be irreversible for society.