A former Trump administration official has filed a discrimination complaint against Stanford University over a movie.
The claim alleges that a university-approved student group wrongfully discriminated against non-black students with a giveaway to the movie “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” according to JustTheNews.com.
Adam Kissel, who worked in the U.S. Department of Education under former President Donald Trump, filed the complaint.
According to Just The News, the Graduate Student Council, which is part of the campus’ student government, arranged for a private screening to “Wakanda Forever” at an office campus location.
The event included 450 tickets to the movie.
In a public announcement, the council said the first 100 tickets would be reserved for black students, who would obtain them through an online lottery. Once those were claimed, the remaining tickets would be available to anyone on a first-come, first-served basis.
In addition, black students who received tickets through the lottery would also get priority seating on a free bus ride to the theater.
Kissel, former deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs under Trump, wrote in his complaint, “All Asian, non-Black Hispanic, white, and other non-Black graduate students at Stanford have been harmed by this discrimination. Please investigate and resolve this matter.”
The Stanford Review, a conservative newspaper at the college founded by billionaire Peter Thiel when he was a student, noted that all 9,000 graduate students fund the Graduate Student Council with a $141 annual fee.
Yet the movie-ticket lottery discriminated against “96% of the grad student population.”
The Review further called on non-black students to “channel their inner Rosa Parks: get on the buses and refuse to give up your seats.”
Kissel told Just The News it could take weeks, if not years, for the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to resolve his complaint.