Sun Prairie Area School District’s use of American Family Insurance grant funds to promote programs that appear to be exclusively for black students is an attempt to launder race discrimination, a public interest law firm attorney told The Wisconsin Daily Star.

Documents obtained by The Star News Network show Madison-based American Family Insurance cut a check for $35,000 to fund a cross-country field trip in October for Sun Prairie East High School students to visit Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

“Thank you so much for the willingness to donate $35,000.00. We are grateful and excited to have your support. I will pass this information on to our Business Finance Office so that they can proceed with submitting the invoice,” wrote Michael Morgan, the district’s director of Systemic Equity & Inclusion in an October 10 email to Maggie Pascaly. Pascaly is AmFam’s Community and Social Impact director.

Pascaly referred all The Daily Star’s questions to the corporate media relations team, which has yet to respond to a follow-up request for comment.

Morgan had pitched some $200,000 in funding for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives,including Dear Diary, a mentorship program offered to “middle school black girls.” He sought $20,000 annually to supplement the cost of adding the program at all of Sun Prairie’s secondary schools…. (Excerpt from The Wisconsin Daily Star)


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