A federal jury must now decide whether an administrator in the Kansas City School District failed to get a promotion, because he wasn’t black. The federal lawsuit filed by Robert Riggs claims the Kansas City School District is rife with racial patronage, faving African-Americans over others. Specifically, Riggs claims Brenda Thomas got a promotion he should have gotten simply because he is Asian-American and Thomas is African-American. His attorney told jurors in closing remarks that they could change the district’s climate of racial patronage, which she claimed undermined the education of children. The attorney for the school district said Riggs failed to prove his case during a trial in Kansas City.
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