April 15, 2024

The Boston University Center for Antiracist Research, a “think tank” founded by race-hustling impresario Ibram X. Kendi, has fired at least a third of its staff.

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While the layoffs are being framed as  “restructuring” of the “think tank” from one based on salaried leftists to the fellowship model that relies on scholars who are already employed, allegations are swirling that the Center for Antiracist Research has a toxic…might we even say oppressive…work environment where employees are overworked (I really have no idea what that would look like in this case) and abused.

‘There are a number of ways it got to this point, it started very early on when the university decided to create a center that rested in the hands of one human being, an individual given millions of dollars and so much authority,’ Spencer Piston, faculty lead of the center’s policy office told the publication.

Former assistant director of narrative at the center, Saida Grundy, said the center lacked structure and the culture was ‘exploitative’ as she was asked to work unreasonable hours. 

‘It became very clear after I started that this was exploitative and other faculty experienced the same and worse,’ she told the outlet.

Wait…”director of narrative?” This sounds like a position more suited for a propaganda outlet than an academic enterprise. 

Kendi first burst upon the scene with his book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, becoming the youngest author to win the National Book Award for Nonfiction. But no matter your talent, it doesn’t matter without timing. Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist was fresh off the presses when the George Floyd Memorial Riots broke out during the Summer of 2020. This catapulted Kendi to the front rank of critical race theorists, diversity, inclusion, and equity apostles, and general race hustlers. You could almost hear Jesse Jackson grinding his teeth. Since that time, Kendi’s profile has soared, and his anti-White bigotry — he endorses affirmative discrimination against Whites as a way to fight racism — disguised as  “antiracism” became very profitable.

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Worse than the overt grift, his book is used as instructional material in places where it shouldn’t be.

I suspect more is going on here than a mere restructuring. The whole diversity, inclusion, and equity apparatus is dying in business and academia; see here and here. The premise that unless outcomes are equal, then the system is patently stupid and an excuse for a racial spoils system. In workplaces that depend upon teamwork, the DIE garbage destroys the trust needed for mission accomplishment, particularly in the military

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Going from paid researchers, including a “director of narrative,” to paying stipends to fully employed professors is clearly a cost-cutting move. This means donations have dried up, and whatever cash bankrolled this program has been burned through. Staff at the program talking out of school about the Grand High Poohbah of Antiracism shows that no one fears their career prospects will be damaged.

Hopefully, this is a sign that at least part of American society and culture is in the process of healing.

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