Alabama real estate licensing board sued over ‘race quota’

The man behind the landmark Supreme Court challenge against race-based college admissions policies is now suing to prevent an Alabama licensing board from imposing a “racial quota.”

The lawsuit marks conservative anti-affirmative action litigant Edward Blum’s first case against race-based criteria for membership on a state regulatory board. Blum’s group, American Alliance for Equal Rights, named Gov. Kay Ivey (R-AL) as one of the defendants because she is tasked with making appointments to the real estate appraiser board.

According to the complaint, there has been an opening on the Alabama Real Estate Appraisers Board for a public member since 2021 that has not been filled because state law currently demands that at least two AREAB members must be racial minorities.

“No one’s race should be used to include them, or exclude them, from service on government boards,” Blum told
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