Separated by Race

November 20, 2020 − by CIR2 − in Case Updates − Comments Off on Separated by Race

CIR has filed suit against the State of Oregon for establishing a coronavirus relief fund that is limited to black Oregonians.  Setting aside government money for a race-exclusive fund violates the Fourteenth Amendment and federal anti-discrimination law.

In July, The Contingent, an Oregon nonprofit that primarily serves black Oregonians, and the Black United Fund requested $62 million from the state to establish The Oregon Cares Fund.  The Oregon Cares Fund would distribute federal grant money exclusively to Black individuals and Black-owned businesses.  The state authorized the full amount.

Filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, the suit asks the court to declare the race-exclusive limit on the relief fund unconstitutional and to consider applications for relief under the fund regardless of race.

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