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University of Memphis Scraps Plan to Pay Profs for Embedding Social Justice in Curricula

University of Memphis Scraps Plan to Pay Profs for Embedding Social Justice in Curricula

“taxpayer dollars should never be used to fuel a divisive, radical agenda”

We covered this story last week. It’s a relief to know it’s being shut down.

National Review reported:

University Cancels Plan to Pay Professors to Create CRT Curricula

The University of Memphis has scrapped plans for a social-justice program that would have paid some professors $3,000 to add critical race theory principles to their curricula, according to a new report.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee told the Washington Free Beacon that he contacted the public university after reading reports about the program, which would have encouraged the addition of “diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice” teachings to curricula at the school by offering 15 to 20 faculty members $3,000 each beginning in the spring of 2022 and ending one year later, according to an email from university officials.

“The University of Memphis informed my office that the initiative will not move forward. We welcome robust debate on college campuses, but taxpayer dollars should never be used to fuel a divisive, radical agenda,” Lee said. “Ending this program was the right decision, and I thank the university for hearing our concerns.”

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R., Tenn.) echoed this sentiment, saying, “Taxpayer dollars should not be used to fund a woke social justice agenda.”

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In other places (ones with actual ethics) we call that a “bribe“.

There is a distinct stench here of the University having made this “decision” only to avoid earning a lot of grief from the state government. If the state government hadn’t pushed back, this would all have been fine with the U.