A professor has filed a complaint against Wayne State University over one of their summer programs, 'Black Girls Code.'
Mark Perry, a professor at the University of Michigan-Flint’s School of Management, is complaining that the computer coding camp violated the federal Title IX because it was meant for minority girls only.
“I was saying that program should not be hosted at Wayne State,” Perry told M-Live. “That program is discriminatory based on race and sex.”
Perry he then cried white tears all the way to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.
Perry also filed a civil rights complaints at multiple schools on similar grounds.
“I’m challenging the discriminatory, girls-only summer STEM camps at 35 universities across the country,” he said. “After spending a quarter of a century in higher education – there’s systematic and open gender discrimination. I’ve just taken this on as a mission to change the gender discrimination that takes place across the country.”
Wayne State University Spokesman Matt Lockwood acknowledged that the school had received a complaint from the Office of Civil Rights and is in the process of replying to it.
“Black Girls Code is a voluntary youth service organization and a 501(c) tax-exempt organization, and Wayne State hosts co-educational programs in coding and other STEM fields similar to Black Girls Code for both boys and girls,” Lockwood said in a statement.
"Therefore, the university is not in violation of Title IX or any other statute or law prohibiting discrimination based on sex. In addition, Black Girls Code allows girls from all racial backgrounds to participate in its programs.”
A petition has already been set up to protect the program at the school.