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Is a Kansas college trying to kick out Black athletes?

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A small Kansas community college has been sued for allegedly trying to reduce the number of its Black student-athletes. The lawsuit comes after disclosures that the president of the school compared a Black football player to Hitler, whom she praised as “a great leader.”

For some disadvantaged kids, attending a rural junior college can be the best chance they have at higher education, and their only opportunity to pursue a dream of playing college ball.

Tiny Highland Community College in northeast Kansas attracts students from all over the country who attend on athletic scholarships. As KCUR’s Frank Morris reports, the school has been sued in recent years for alleged hostility toward its Black student-athletes — then, the college president compared a Black football player to Hitler.

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