A Missouri appeals court upheld a $4.85 million racial discrimination suit by a white teacher named who was fired to make the black college “blacker”. The historic black college, Harris-Stowe State University, has a co-chair who is focused on black power.
Courthouse News says the jury trial awarded Elizabeth Wilkins $1.35 million in compensatory damages and $3.5 million in punitive damages. She was fired over less senior black teachers. The temporary co-chair Dr. Latish Smith repeatedly referred to her commitment to black power in her emails which is what caught her up in the end.
The Board of Regents was ordered to preserve Dr. Smith’s email account, but they deleted the account in violation of the order. For that reason, the Board was sanctioned and the accusations were put into the record as fact.
The allegations noted that Dr. Smith’s email account contained statements expressing her desire to make the Teacher Education Department ‘blacker’ and that she recommended terminating Wilkins’s employment.”
Harris-Stowe claimed it fired Wilkins for her “inappropriate activities.” However Ms. Wilkins only received positive performance reviews.
KWWL reports the appeals court ruling stated: “The Board unlawfully terminated Wilkins, not due to her competency or ability, but because of the color of her skin.”
“Rarely have we seen such manifest and open evidence of racial discrimination,” the ruling said.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be very saddened by this. He didn’t want people judged by the color of their skin. They must have no respect for MLK Jr. It boggles the mind.
The story was first picked up by InformationLiberation.