ANALYSIS: Actual racism is rare today, but academia continues to find it
Racism is still alive and well in society – if you ask academia.
The College Fix reported on 72 things this year that were declared racist or in need of “anti-racist” action, thus indicating they currently suffer from racism.
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One person and his center were not officially declared racist but deserve special mention. Professor Ibram Kendi has taught that “[a] racist policy is any measure that produces or sustains racial inequity between racial groups,” according to his book “How to be an Antiracist.”
But his Center for Antiracist Research mostly fired racial minority employees, according to a College Fix analysis. Even though his center presumably was more inclined to hire racial minorities, by his own standard that makes his center racist.
It gets more complicated though. Black academics, such as Saida Grundy, left the center due to mismanagement of grant money and a culture of fear, as reported by Inside Higher Ed. However, Kendi said that criticism of black leaders of organizations is “racist.” By Kendi’s logic then, that makes Professor Grundy, who is black, a racist, against black people.
Racism, treating someone differently due to their race, is wrong. But thankfully, actual racism is increasingly rare.
Editor’s note: The article has been updated to clarify there are 72 items on the list.
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