‘Radical DEI Bureaucracy’ Reportedly Created at University of Texas
“The transformation began in the aftermath of the George Floyd riots, when university officials adopted the narrative of critical race theory”
Perhaps Texas should look into DEI and funding at public schools the way Florida and other states have done.
Chris Rufo writes at City Journal:
Race and Gender Narcissism in Austin
The University of Texas has created a radical DEI bureaucracy that equates “objectivity” with “white supremacy,” recommends the word “wimmin” as a replacement for “women,” and affirms “polyamory” and “polyfidelity” as positive sexual identities.
I have obtained a cache of documents through public-records requests revealing the DEI bureaucracy’s stunning conquest of Texas’s flagship state university.
The transformation began in the aftermath of the George Floyd riots, when university officials adopted the narrative of critical race theory, arguing that America was saturated with “white supremacy.” During this period, UT’s College of Communication promoted the idea that “objectivity,” “individualism,” and “worship of the written word” were all “characteristics of white supremacy culture.” As a professor of educational psychology and African and African Diaspora Studies explained, “white supremacy is so pernicious . . . it is responsible for virtually every ill that we see within our communities.”
This narrative justified a massive expansion of “diversity, equity, and inclusion” programming. The university’s DEI bureaucracy has now embedded itself within virtually every administrative and academic unit. These programs employ dozens of full-time staff and organize hundreds of seminars, trainings, courses, reports, student groups, and political activism.
One example is the university’s Multicultural Engagement Center. The MEC manages racially segregated student groups, hosts workshops on “social justice” activism, and explicitly trains students to “be the agents of social change,” as opposed to dispassionate and careful scholars. The program’s workshops follow the basic narrative of critical race theory: America is a nation defined by “systemic inequities,” one that accrues “social benefits that some people have because of their identities,” and in which minorities endure a constant barrage of “microaggressions,” “microinsults,” “microassaults,” and “microinvalidations.”
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“and explicitly trains students to “be the agents of social change,””
This is the purpose of DEI and of all “studies” fields in higher education. They are political organizations. That is one of the reasons why it should be a felony to spend public money on it.
“recommends the word “wimmin” as a replacement for “women,”
Straight from the mouth of Dean Jethro Bodine. Gaw-lee.
Thanks for highlighting this; it’s very timely. Texas SB17 would defund / abolish / outlaw DEI stuff like this at Texas state universities. It’s passed the Senate, but the word on the street is that RINO Texas House Speaker Phelan and his minions are against it.
SB17 is scheduled for hearing in the House higher ed committee on Monday. If it doesn’t get voted out of committee, it’s dead.
BTW, picky nit: There’s nothing “reportedly” about the rule of the DEI commissars at UT. It’s real, and I’ve reported on it since the policy was first proposed. All recruitment, hiring, promotions, tenure, leadership positions, funding, and even awards have to be run past the department diversity commissar (who is hired by and reports only to a hard left, CRT-true believing VP of the university). UT President Hartzell is unwilling to so much as sneeze without getting their blessing.