Posted on February 27, 2024

Smithsonian Latino Museum Sued over Internship’s ‘Pro-Latino Discrimination’

Julian Mark, Washington Post, February 23, 2024

The conservative activist who helped end race-conscious college admissions is suing the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino, alleging that its internship program is carrying out “pro-Latino discrimination.”

The case is the latest in a years-long campaign by Edward Blum to eradicate racial preferences in academia and the workplace. Blum’s American Alliance for Equal Rights brought on the lawsuits against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that led the Supreme Court to strike down the use of race-based admissions in June, rolling back decades of precedent. It’s among a slew of legal challenges against diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs that have arisen after the Harvard decision.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in D.C. is seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction prohibiting the museum from closing its application window and selecting interns. {snip}


The suit alleges that the Smithsonian program, aimed at increasing the number of Latinos in museum professions, excludes non-Latinos in violation of the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection. It claims that the program has never hired anyone who is not of Latino descent.


Even though the program does not explicitly bar non-Latinos from applying, the lawsuit alleges that its application asks students to indicate whether they identify as Latino or Hispanic, which it claims is a form of “pro-Latino discrimination.” The lawsuit also points to the Smithsonian’s marketing for the program and statements from museum officials that indicate that the internship is targeted at Latino students.