White Professors Sue Alabama State for Discrimination

Rick Harmon, USA Today, April 4, 2015

Two white faculty members at Alabama State University have filed a lawsuit contending that the historically black university is racist toward whites in its hiring and admission practices.

Steven B. Chesbro, who according to the suit is the only dean at Alabama State not designated as African-American or black, and his partner and fellow ASU faculty member John Garland also contend that ASU passed regulations specifically against same-sex couples and that officials retaliated against the pair for complaining about the university using race as a determining factor for both hiring professors and admitting students.

Bobby Segall, an attorney representing ASU, said the university categorically denies the contentions.


He said the contention that the university uses race as a determining factor in hiring faculty is also untrue.


But attorney Wayne Sabel, who is representing Chesbro and Garland, said the suit “clearly shows that there was discrimination because of race and sexual orientation: There’s no doubt about that.”

“They have told Dr. Chesbro that his hands are tied in the face of gross insubordination and even threats of physical harm,” Sabel said. “You look at some of the statements they have made that are in the complaint, and they are saying things like ‘only black professors should teach black students.'”


Some of the major allegations the suit raises:

• Numerous white faculty members have complained about racist hiring and selection processes at the university without any action being taken by the administration.

“As many as six EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) charges, not including those directly involving this matter, are now pending against the university alleging race or gender discrimination,” the suit says. It alleges that when a white ASU faculty member voiced concerns with others on a search committee that race was being used inappropriately to make a selection, the university’s response was to remove him as head of the search committee.

• Faculty members on one search committee insisted its primary goal should be to select someone who was both female and black and there were instances in which search committee members said only black applicants should be considered for employment at the school, according to the suit.


“Of the 47 black applicants who applied for admission to the doctoral program for physical therapy in 2013, 20 percent met the required GPA standard, but 57 percent of the candidates were admitted. In contrast, of 137 white applicants, 59 percent met the required GPA standard, but only 32 percent were admitted,” according to the suit.


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  • JackKrak

    “He said the contention that the university uses race as a determining factor in hiring faculty is also untrue.”

    Right, they only use race as a determining factor in admissions.

  • bv

    Good! They’re now after each other’s throats for once (Gays & Blacks).

    • dukem1

      It’s the perfect storm.

      • bv

        Hopefully they’ll drown in the Atlantic like George Clooney & Mark Wahlberg.

    • Charles Martel

      Actually its funny that blacks commit most of the anti gay violence but the gays clutch their pearls when ever it is brought up. There was a black muslim serial killer of gays in 3 states caught 2 weeks after the Ferguson liquor store robber was killed named Mohammad Ali Brown, mainstream ignored it but if it was a white guy it would be major news.

      • nordicman

        I know what you mean. It’s like feminists say nothing about nonwhite men raping white women (like blacks in America, or muslims in Europe) or the gays constantly bash conservative Christians, yet completely silent when muslims kill gays. It’s about attacking white Christian culture.

  • D.B. Cooper

    Good, go ahead and get paid, then leave Africa State University (oops, I mean Alabama State University) for the third world.

  • Teach at ASU if you must.

    But for your own safety, avoid the cafeteria. That is, unless you actually like the idea of being whacked on the head by flying chairs.

    • John Smith

      Besides, all that fried chicken and watermelon can’t be good for you.

  • superlloyd

    What self respecting professor would want to teach a bunch of retards? Still, have to laugh at diversity cannibalising itself.

    • Charles Martel

      Well its not like there is pressure to be correct, & cover all topics.

  • I like the idea of blacks having their own institutions so long as whites have that same right and so long as whites pay for white institutions and blacks pay for theirs. Doesn’t this simple idea make more sense than the clusterfreak of diversity and the misery it brings to all?

  • Johann Wald

    Interesting that this HBCU picked what is apparently a chosenite (Bobby Segall) to serve as their attorney of record rather than a “bruthuh”.

    • dukem1

      Yeah. Sheesh! Maybe they’re serious!!

  • Caucasoid88

    Alabama State will probably file a countersuit for discrimination.

  • TomIron361

    I don’t give a rat’s behind about any edumacator’s of any stripe in any emporium of so called higher edumacation.

  • Jason Lewis

    They need to get a court to find their right to maintain blackness. It’ll blow up in their face because the ruling will allow justification for institutions to maintain whiteness.

  • Fr. John+

    Of COURSE ‘historically black’ diploma mills are biased toward Whites. Where have you folks been since the Bakke decision? Haven’t you ever read, ‘The Civil Rights laws were never INTENDED to apply to White People’???? Wake up, White Man. The whole’ Blacks are equal’ hypocrisy was NEVER intended to be taken as REAL -merely as a means for our displacement as the Founding Stock of the Nation. And the main mouthpiece for this disenfranchisement have been ONE Ethnos, in particular…. He who has eyes….etc.

  • Albert

    Of only we could crack down on all the institutional racism that discriminates against whites. By discriminating against a certain race in favor of another, affirmative action is indefensibly racist.

  • RaySist27

    If blacks were complaining about racism at a traditionally White university, the white liberals would be wetting themselves to fix the ‘problem’. Blacks couldn’t care less if Whites don’t like their racism. Also, black students should be taught by black professors. And black people should be governed by other black people in all black countries.

  • LHathaway

    Gay, hate-filled and hate-spewing leftists, simply doing what they are told. If they were really serious about justice or ‘diversity’, and were not simply another arm of team diversity ‘doing what they are told to do’ they would call for White United Students on campus. Anything less is not diversity.

    • Lexonaut

      “… they would call for White United Students on campus. Anything less is not diversity.”

      Sorry, no. Before there can be real and meaningful social progress we must dismantle the sexist, homopohobic, patriarchal white power structure whose institutional racism prevents black students from blah blah social justice blah blah microagressions blah blah living wages blah blah blah blah … … …

  • Lexonaut

    What’s the problem here? Haven’t you been paying attention? Blacks can’t be racists because they don’t have the power … or something.

    • blanjm5

      I met one uppity negress who even used the word “hegemony.” I was amused momentarily.

  • Johann Wald

    No doubt. I’m sure the leftists have some sort of formula devised for these exchanges. Sort of the way Weight Watchers calculates their food exchanges. My wife is fond of the show “Big Bang Theory”. I asked her if their minority mix for the cast was determined by the formula *1 dot com Indian+ 1 Jew= 1 Black* in order to achieve the desired level of diversity. Answer=crickets+ “the look”.

  • Samuel Hathaway

    Two White gays vs. Blacks at a historically black “college”. This is the battle of the 21st century, surely in the league of WWF. These grappling left-wing titans taking each other down for the count to cash in big in the name of “non-discrimination” and “civil rights.” Surely what Thomas Jefferson and James Madison ordered to save the reputation of our Republic.

    Ain’t diversity grand?

    • John Smith

      Watching two left-wing demographics take each other on is fun, IMO, especially if it tangentially could advance white rights.

      • Samuel Hathaway

        Lord, the drama. I’ll bet on the queers just because they’re white. Appears they have a valid case. You have to admit that they have some courage in going up against such a racially hostile atmosphere and invoking their rights as whites.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    I don’t think gay will trump black. Straight blacks typically outrank gay whites in the progressive stack. I’m guessing libs will see this as yet another couple of evil privileged cis white dudes oppressing innocent blacks.

  • Seniorsquadldr

    Apartheid is the only answer. A Tribal homeland where everyone looks like everyone else. No evil whites, except for wiggers, who are Negros trapped in a white body. I have suggested Mississippi as the tribal homeland for the Negro in America. My first choice would be to, return the stolen goods to Africa.

  • Realist

    “Two white faculty members at Alabama State University have filed a lawsuit contending that the historically black university is racist toward whites in its hiring and admission practices.”

    Hey, good luck with that. LOL

  • Vyncennt

    It will be interesting to see how this equation balances. White (-20), male (-5), gay (+10), vs. black privilege(-20).

    Mathematically dismal!

  • Zapp Branigan

    Oh puh-leeze ! Everybody knows that when blacks are in charge their first order of business is to hire and promote blacks to the exclusion of every other race, especially white.
    Look at what happened to the Washington DC Metro line , there’s an Amren article on it, it’s a mess run by illiterates that hire black ex convicts over white Ph.D’s.
    With predictable reults.

  • Michael Robert Ryan

    all people hate and don’t want diversity enforced on them. Whites don’t
    want it, blacks don’t want it, Asians don’t want it, nobody wants it.

    This is true, with one notable exception: Blacks. Blacks very much desire “diversity,” i.e., integration with whites. They do not want to be separated from whites for the same reason that ticks don’t want to be separated from dogs.