A white man who was denied admission to six state-run medical schools in Texas later sued them for allegedly discriminating against him because of his race.

George Stewart accused the six schools for violating U.S. laws that prohibit federally-funded educational programs from discriminating based on race and sex, the lawsuit filed in early January said.

The six schools include:

  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin
  • McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • John Sealy School of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • Long School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

It’s the latest challenge to affirmative action policies commonly used by U.S. schools to boost enrollment of Black, Hispanic and female students. 

According to the documents, Stewart applied and didn’t get in during the 2021-22 application cycle. He later asked for enrollment data for the six schools.

“The data reveal that the median and mean grade-point averages and MCAT scores of admitted Black and Hispanic students are significantly lower than the grade-point averages and MCAT scores of admitted white and Asian students,” the lawsuit said, alleging that the schools are giving preferences to women, Black and Hispanic applicants. 

Lawsuit documents said Stewart believed he would be a good candidate for the Texas medical schools based on his education and work experience, adding that schools “using race and sex preferences in student admissions allows applicants with inferior academic credentials to obtain admission at the expense of rejected candidates with better academic credentials.”

Stewart will reapply to the six medical schools, per the lawsuit, but wants the schools to be prohibited from considering race during the admission process and to select applicants “in a color-blind and race-neutral manner.”

America First Legal filed the lawsuit on Stewart’s behalf. AFL is a conservative group formed by Stephen Miller, a top aide to former President Donald Trump.

Texas Tech University and the University of Texas system did not immediately respond to requests for questions.

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