Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- In the United States state of Maryland, universities that were subjected to racism and not adequately funded won their 15-year legal battle.
Four higher education institutions established to serve the African-American community and the local government have agreed to pay $577 million in compensation to the schools.
With the victory of universities, it was officially acknowledged that systematic racism undermines the academic achievement of black or other racial students in these schools.
The $577 million in compensation earned by the four schools will span 10 years, during which time schools will be able to use the money as scholarships for students, as well as for increasing academic programs and hiring staff.
The compensation will be split annually between Morgan State, Coppin State, Bowie State, and Maryland Eastern Shore universities based on the number of students enrolled each year.