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Ibram Kendi’s antiracism campus center banked big donations, put out little in academic research: report

‘Kendi is peddling the latest in wokeness—and his billionaire benefactors are eager to buy’

Hundreds of thousands of dollars was donated over the years in grants and other sources to American University’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center, founded by Professor Ibram Kendi.

What academic research did all that support produce? Very little, according to an investigative report in the Washington Free Beacon.

The Beacon cites a $50,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to develop a “racial reporting guidebook” that has yet to materialize. The center also touted a fall 2019 symposium on “racial reporting” that never took place. The article also flags a $200,000 Ford Foundation grant for a “National Antibigotry Project,” which only “exists entirely on paper.”

“Other projects Kendi promised—’policy teams,’ the ‘world’s largest’ library of data on racial inequality, and classes for American University students—did not come to fruition before his departure this summer for the new Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University,” the Beacon reports.

Still, “Kendi’s lack of research output proved little obstacle to fundraising,” it adds, citing donations such as $250,000 from the Ford Foundation, $300,000 from the Marguerite Casey Foundation, $150,000 from George Soros’s Open Society Foundation, and $150,000 from the Gates Foundation.

Leaving AU behind, Kendi has now set up shop at Boston University, where his new center received a $10 million dollar “no strings attached” donation from Twitter founder Jack Dorsey through his charitable foundation.

The Beacon’s Charles Fain Lehman points out: “Dorsey’s donation will likely not be the last, or even the biggest, to the professor who has become a charity magnet for the progressive elite. It is clear from Kendi’s track record that these ever-more-generous gifts are not buying serious research. Instead, Kendi is peddling the latest in wokeness—and his billionaire benefactors are eager to buy.”

Read the full article in the Washington Free Beacon.

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