1983 May 24

No Tax Exemptions for Universities that Discriminate


In Bob Jones University v. United States, decided on this day, the Supreme Court held that the Internal Revenue Service was correct in revoking the tax exempt status of Bob Jones University because it discriminated against African-Americans in admissions. The university had refused to admit African-Americans until 1971 and, between 1971 and 1975, admitted African-Americans only if they were married. After 1975, the university admitted African-Americans but not if they were engaged in an interracial marriage or advocated such marriages.

The Court: “ . . . It cannot be said that educational institutions that, for whatever reasons, practice racial discrimination, are institutions exercising beneficial and stabilizing influences in community life’. . . .”

Read about  Bob Jones Universityhttp://www.bobjonesacademy.net/

Learn more about the case: http://atheism.about.com/library/decisions/tax/bldec_BobJonesUS.htm

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