"It's the White professors who can't get tenure for hook or crook, but the Black professors get hired as full professors with tenure," said Bob Russ, an English professor at Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C., one of three White plaintiffs in a case that could go to trial later this year.
The plaintiffs in some of the lawsuits have charged that Black colleges are trying to maintain their racial identities by limiting the number of White professors and administrators.Mr. Russ claims that Livingstone College
attempts to systematically remove Whites from leadership positions and says his
case is a prime example.Last December, he
was told by the institution that his
contract would not be renewed, after twice being denied tenure.
Mr. Russ' claim said his
tenure review recommends naming Black professors to replace several White department heads.Notations scribbled in the margins of his
review read, "bring in Black, Ph.D.," "hire Black chemist" and "build up science and math (Black)," he
said in a published report.