The head of the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus Foundation says the group's scholarship program may be a political target because of "racial targeting."
In a letter to media outlets, state Representative Alma Adams defended the foundation's practices. Adams also questioned the motives of Joe Sinsheimer, a Democrat who has criticized the foundation for handing out scholarship money to relatives of five lawmakers.
Sinsheimer also has filed complaints against black Representatives Mary McAllister of Cumberland County and Thomas Wright of New Hanover County.
But he also ran a Web site dedicated to removing former House Speaker Jim Black, who is white, and has been critical of other white officials. He says good government "needs to be colorblind."