Phila. Schools Loses $2.3M Anti-white Lawsuit
Philadelphia’s public school system will pay $2.3 million in response to a lawsuit involving a white-owned business.
According to The Daily Caller, Security and Data Technologies, Inc (SDT) was initially selected to install surveillance cameras at 19 schools in the district. After the company began the preliminary work, it was abruptly “deselected” and the $7.5 million contract was then awarded to IBS Communications on an emergency basis. The company isn’t eligible for no-bid contracts.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the decision to no longer hire Security and Data Technologies, Inc was racially motivated. An investigation executed by the media outlet discovered Superintendent Arlene Ackerman became fed up with the district’s continued practice of giving contracts to white-owned businesses.
PSD is owned by white men. Ackerman also allegedly told other administrators in the district she would make sure “all these white boys didn’t get contracts,” and gave the contract to IBS, a Black-owned company.
Ackerman’s actions were publicized and a lawsuit brought forth by SDT soon followed. A jury ruled that the district, along with Ackerman’s estate—she died in 2013—must pay out $2.3 million in damages. The damages make up the $2.1 million in profits lost along with a small sum of compensatory damages.
The district says it may appeal the ruling.