On Saturday, a lawsuit was filed against the hiring procedures of Texas A&M University, claiming that the procedures discriminate against white and Asian men who are applying for faculty positions.
Richard Lowery, who is an associate professor of finance at the University of Texas at Austin, filed a complaint in federal court in Houston, saying that Texas A&M’s procedures denied him a faculty position at the university.
According to the Daily Signal, Lowery has accused the university of using “racial preferences” to select its staff for faculty positions, gravitating towards “underrepresented minorities” over white and Asian men.
The lawsuit accuses the practice of being “discriminatory, illegal and anti-meritocratic,” adding that they “have been egged on by woke ideologues who populate the so-called diversity, equity and inclusion offices at public and private universities throughout the United States.”
Texas A&M reportedly receives federal funding based on the salaries of “underrepresented minority groups,” the lawsuit alleges. The lawsuit also said that certain faculty positions were available to only minorities.
Stephen Miller, the President of America First, said in a statement regarding the lawsuit: “America First Legal has filed a landmark class-action lawsuit against Texas A&M University for its illegal and unconstitutional racial discrimination regime. Texas A&M is hiring—and excluding—professors solely due to the physical appearance of their skin or the ancestry of their family tree. This is vile and outrageous. We must extract the poison of bigotry coursing deep through the leadership of Texas A&M and restore civil rights and equality for all.”
The lawsuit said that America First Legal obtained emails from Annie McGowan, the vice president and associate provost for diversity, as well as from N.K. Anand, the vice president for faculty affairs from Texas A&M, which laid out the university’s hiring and salary allocation process. The emails outline the universities “Accountability, Climate, Equity and Scholarship Faculty Fellows Program” which reportedly directs their recruitment towards “underrepresented minority groups.”
Women and “non-Asian racial minorities” are the targets for these positions, and are privy to higher pay and promotions, the lawsuit alleged.
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