FAIR News: Promoting a Pro-Human Potluck in Seattle
Dear Friends of FAIR,
On March 16th, FAIR Legal sent an urgent email to Seattle Public Schools (SPS) about an incident report we received through our anonymous reporting site, FAIRtransparency.org. The report indicated that Lincoln High School planned to host a segregated potluck lunch on March 17th, 2023. Based on the report we received, and as confirmed in the newsletter from Lincoln HS principal Corey Eichner, it appeared that certain students would not be allowed to attend the lunch due to their skin color or ethnicity.
Specifically, the newsletter stated:
On Friday of Multicultural Week, students and staff of color and/or those who identify with any group represented by BSU [Black Student Union]/LSU [Latino Student Union]/ASU [Asian Student Union] are invited for a lunch potluck.
In our communication to the school, FAIR emphasized that public schools are prohibited from discriminating against students and employees on the basis of race, skin color, or national origin. When a public school segregates or excludes its students or employees from benefits the school provides on the basis of these traits, the school violates Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, as well as the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.
As proponents of pro-human antiracism, FAIR applauded Lincoln High School’s efforts to celebrate its diverse student body. However, holding a school lunch as described in Principal Eichner’s newsletter would undoubtedly constitute a school benefit, and neither Mr. Eichner nor any employee of Seattle Public Schools may lawfully exclude students or employees from that lunch on the basis of their immutable traits.
FAIR urged the school to make the lunch event open to all students and employees, and to immediately and publicly notify the entire Lincoln High School community of the change. We were heartened to receive a prompt response from Seattle Public Schools confirming the lunch would be open to all students, regardless of immutable traits. We are grateful to Seattle Public Schools for taking the pro-human approach to its multicultural week celebration.
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