New York University has been hit with a federal civil rights complaint over the whites-only anti-racism workshop it hosted for public school parents, the latest in a series of legal headaches for the elite university.
The complaint, filed with the U.S. Department of Education by the Equal Protection Project, alleges that the five-month-long seminar violated four civil rights laws: Titles II and VI of the Civil Rights Act, New York State’s Human Rights Law, and 42 U.S.C. § 1981, which bans racial discrimination in contracting.
It comes as the university is already under a consent agreement with the Education Department over several anti-Semitic incidents on campus, including a violent anti-Israel protest that resulted in two arrests.
The workshop, which cost $360 to attend, argued that white people need to “unlearn racism” without “burdening the people of color in our lives.” Facilitators and attendees repeatedly made clear that no minorities were allowed, with one parent stating that she was “grateful” for the seminar’s racial homogeneity. Other parents fretted about the “white supremacy culture” inherent in their jobs as lawyers and…