Michigan State Paid Critical Race Theory Advocate $ 20,000 for Hour-Long Virtual Chat: Report
Author and leading advocate of critical breed theory Ibram X. Kendi was reportedly paid $ 20,000 to speak at a one-hour virtual event last fall at the University of Michigan.
Less than two months after being listed in Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of 2020,” Kendi, a professor of humanities at Boston University, was paid $ 20,000 for participating in a Zoom discussion at the University of Michigan, according to the contract obtained through a public records request by Campus Reform.
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The contract between the University of Michigan and Kendi’s speech agency Penguin Random House provided for Kendi to speak for 45 minutes and answer questions for 15 minutes during the presentation on November 11, 2020, Campus Reform reported. The contract would have stipulated that if the event had more than 1,000 participants, the university would be charged a higher amount.
“The costs of this event were covered from the university’s general fund,” the university’s director of public affairs and internal communications, Rick Fitzgerald, told Campus Reform. “General Fund money comes from a variety of sources, including tuition and student fees, state credits, and costs recovered from sponsored research activities. It pays for the university’s education, student services, facilities and administrative support. “
The November discussion mainly focused on Kendi’s 2017 book, “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” Campus Reform reported.
The description of the book on Kendi’s website reads: “From Puritan Minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to brilliant WEB Du Bois scholar to legendary anti-prison activist Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading pro-slavery and pro-civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America. Contrary to popular beliefs, racist ideas are not born out of ignorance or hatred. Instead, they were designed and refined by some of the brightest minds of each era. These intellectuals used their brilliance to justify and rationalize the nation’s deeply rooted discriminatory policies and racial disparities in everything from wealth to health. “
Kendi, author of 2019’s best-selling book “How to Be an Anti-Racist”, is one of the leading figures promoting the implementation of “Critical Race Theory” in schools. The controversial line of thought teaches that racism is ingrained in all aspects of American society, often referred to as “systemic racism” on the left, and pushes for the dismantling of traditional power structures.
Kendi argued that the only way to undo systemic racism in America is to “identify and describe it in a coherent way, then dismantle it.”
The University of Michigan’s Fox News and Kendi’s requests for comment were not immediately returned.
David Rutz of Fox News contributed to this report.