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YAF Chairman Leads Class Action Lawsuit Against University of Oklahoma Over Racial Discrimination in Financial Aid

By

Nick Baker

May 16, 2024

Brayden Johnson, the chairman of Young Americans for Freedom at the University of Oklahoma, is taking a bold stand against anti-white racial discrimination in the university’s financial aid distribution practices. Johnson, along with fellow students Logan Rhines and Kayla Savage, has filed a class action lawsuit against the institution.

The students allege that the university’s practice of awarding financial aid based on race constitutes a clear violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

They are seeking declaratory relief and damages on behalf of themselves and other non-black students who have been similarly discriminated against.

Johnson, who is pursuing an accelerated master’s degree, has to work part-time at Home Depot in order to make ends meet. Despite his financial need, he received only limited aid from the university and would have received more if race was not a factor.

His co-plaintiffs find themselves in similar situations. In fact, Kayla Savage was told upfront that financial aid is “generally not available to students like her, but would have been if she were African American.”

As the Supreme Court ruled in last summer’s landmark decision against discriminatory admissions practices, a case in which Young America’s Foundation was also involved, it is blatantly unconstitutional for colleges and universities to base such decisions on a student’s race or ethnicity. The same principles should apply to financial aid distribution.

“Racial discrimination in all of its forms is illegal and immoral, and we intend to vindicate that principle in this lawsuit,” the students’ attorney, David Thompson, told Fox News.

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