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Ibram X. Kendi’s ‘Anti-Racism’ Think Tank at Boston University Firing a Third of its Employees

Ibram X. Kendi’s ‘Anti-Racism’ Think Tank at Boston University Firing a Third of its Employees

“the latest in a string of layoffs to hit left-wing activist groups”

Ibram X. Kendi’s ‘anti-racist’ Boston University think tank is apparently falling on hard times. Just a little over three years after its founding, the organization is letting go of a third of its staff.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

Ibram X. Kendi’s Ivory Tower Comes Crashing Down

A university think tank led by “antiracism” guru Ibram X. Kendi is slashing a third of its workforce, the latest in a string of layoffs to hit left-wing activist groups.

The Boston University Center for Antiracist Research is firing between 15 and 20 employees, Semafor reported Thursday. Kendi launched the center in June 2020 at the height of the movement to defund police in the wake of the death of George Floyd. It employed 45 people as of August, according to a since-deleted page on the center’s website reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon.

Kendi has built a lucrative career teaching people about “antiracism,” defined as “the practice of actively identifying and opposing racism.” He received a $625,000 MacArthur “Genius” grant in 2021 and charges $20,000 for speaking engagements. His books Antiracist Baby and How to Be Antiracist have landed on the New York Times best-seller list. Kendi has argued the United States is an inherently racist country, asserted that police “inherently are harmful,” and called for a constitutional amendment to ban “racial inequity over a certain threshold, as well as racist ideas by public officials.”

This outfit had some serious seed money. Do you know where much of it came from?

BU Today reported back in 2020:

Jack Dorsey, Twitter and Square Cofounder, Donates $10 Million to BU Center for Antiracist Research

Twitter and Square cofounder and CEO Jack Dorsey has donated $10 million to Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research, just six weeks after it was launched by leading scholar Ibram X. Kendi.

Dorsey, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur with a reported net worth of $5 billion, made the gift through his charitable initiative, Start Small, with no strings attached—a signal of his unqualified support of Kendi’s vision of putting academic researchers at the forefront of the movement to dismantle policies that underlie racial inequity and injustice.

“What is amazing is just the generosity of Jack Dorsey and that it gives the foundation to the center,” says Robert A. Brown, president of BU. The unrestricted nature of the funds “gives the director endless discretion about how the income from the gift will be used over time to advance the center.”

Brown calls the gift “a tribute to Kendi and his vision for antiracism and for the vision of building a center around scholarship and policy that actually has a positive impact going forward.”

This is an excelent point.

Of course, it’s not all bad news for Kendi. He is now moving into the world of sports.

The College Fix reported:

ESPN to feature Professor Ibram Kendi in new show about racism in sports

A major TV streaming service’s new original show featuring “antiracist” writer and Professor Ibram Kendi promises to expose racism in sports.

“Skin in the Game with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi” will debut on ESPN+ on Sept. 20, according to a news release from the network. The series “delves into and challenges racism in the sports world, and will reveal how pervasive racism is in sports.”…

ESPN stated in its release that Kendi will offer “analysis, athlete profiles, and robust roundtable discussions with athletes, academics and journalists, each episode dives deeply into the histories, statistics and notable moments behind the racist norms we accept today.”

The grift must go on.


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K: SyStEmIC rAcIsM!

D: Here’s $10 million to combat the system from inside the system.

K: we p!ssed all that away, so pink slips because sYsTeMiC rAcIsM!

ESPN: two-thirds of pro-sports is multimillionaire black athletes.

K: SysTeMiC rAcISm!

ESPN: Wow. Six figure talking head gig for this accomplished scholar!

K: SysTeMiC RaCiSm!

I grow so weary of this non-stop Negro nihilism…

    CommoChief in reply to LB1901. | September 15, 2023 at 12:55 pm

    Putting this grifter on air is partly about woke ideology being adopted by the corporate types at ESPN and their Mouseketeer overlords. The other issue is filling programming time for their scrappy streaming service. ESPN can’t use the prime sports content from main channels b/c the very expensive contracts they gave to sports leagues and College Conferences require them to put it on the main channels. They gotta put something on there and this guy does have appeal to some segments of the market though IMO it’s the error Jordan warned of: ‘Republicans buy sneakers too’ when asked why he wasn’t overly political.

These vile, Dumb-o-crat race hustlers, from Sharpton to Kendi to sundry white useful idiots parroting the same stupidity, have enriched themselves quite nicely peddling this corrosive and dishonest agitprop.

    diver64 in reply to guyjones. | September 16, 2023 at 6:34 am

    You have to admit Kendi is not stupid. He saw a market niche that was not filled and jumped in with both feet making bank.

      MAJack in reply to diver64. | September 16, 2023 at 9:25 am

      Yes, there was a clear dearth of racial grifters at work destroying America. So glad he’s stepped up to meet the demand (s).

Any and every publicly traded company that gives money to these grifters should be sued into oblivion by their shareholders. It’s a straight out abrogation of their fiduciary responsibility to the shareholders, not to mention toxic to our society and flat out wrong. And when I say “sued into oblivion” I am referring to the directors and executive management personally as well.

What’s the problem? Things are tough all over.

Besides, he’s only going to fire the white employees.

    DaveGinOly in reply to alien. | September 15, 2023 at 12:46 pm

    The layoffs are a sign of how Bidenomics is improving the economy.

    fscarn in reply to alien. | September 15, 2023 at 12:52 pm

    Firing a third of its staff?

    Sorry to hear that. Had been hoping it would be 100% of the staff.

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to alien. | September 15, 2023 at 2:44 pm

    Do you honestly believe that a racist organization would employee white people?

    XBox and his crew would never.

    BTW. If a black race baiting organization can’t get enough money from white people to stay afloat, is it racist to lay off the very black people that the white people donate to?

    After all, Dorsey specifically, and Twit-X were about as white as white can be. That $10 million didn’t go far.

    C’mon Dorsey, pony up some Mo Money, Mo Money, Mo Money – how to get rich without spending Yo Money!!!!

    JohnSmith100 in reply to alien. | September 15, 2023 at 3:26 pm

    Are there any white employees?

    henrybowman in reply to alien. | September 16, 2023 at 5:33 pm

    But they’re the fragile ones!

Maybe people in the ‘think tank’ started to actually think and realized that on their current path…they would have to remove themselves as part of the problem. Meantime, Kendi moves on like a tent preacher doing a week long revival. A week later he is five hours away and starting over..

In a recently resurfaced report from last month, the New York Post revealed that Eric Stewart, an FSU criminology professor, had been fired by the university “on account of ‘extreme negligence’ in his research,” as well as “incompetence” and producing “false results” in his nearly 20 years of work.

As noted by Wilfred Reilly, an associate professor at Kentucky State University, Stewart is “[p]robably THE academic [figure] responsible” for the debunked narrative that so-called “systemic racism” plagues U.S. police departments throughout the country.

All those unskilled black people being laid off because all they know is to whip white people real good. But what happens when all the white people you’re around already agreed with you?

What a waste.

Booker T. Washington | September 15, 2023 at 10:21 am

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

Booker T. Washington (1911). “My Larger Education: Being Chapters from My Experience”

Frederick Douglass | September 15, 2023 at 10:28 am

“Everybody has asked the question. . .”What shall we do with the Negro?” I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are wormeaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! I am not for tying or fastening them on the tree in any way, except by nature’s plan, and if they will not stay there, let them fall. And if the Negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone!”

Fredrick Douglass

    Thank you, Mr. Douglass, but unfortunately the modern Negro cannot resist the temptation of victimhood and seek to use this status to hide the fact he has amounted to nothing.

      CommoChief in reply to chrisboltssr. | September 15, 2023 at 3:42 pm

      Unfortunately it seems every group claims and is granted victim hood status which comes with all sorts of bonus privileges. Every group but ‘straight white males’ that is. The ‘straight white males’ we are informed are the current oppressors of everyone else regardless of their socioeconomic level, personal achievement, clout, status, fame, political power or ability to influence the world around them much less exert control.

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to Frederick Douglass. | September 15, 2023 at 2:51 pm

    Damn Fredrick Douglass and Booker T. Washington

    You white guys are about as racist and hateful as you can be! You must have gone to the David Webb school of racism.

    How do the black film expect to be able to live if they have to “act white” by taking care of themselves.

    Both of you have black people because you expect “those that won’t work, won’t eat.”

    I guess now you expect blacks to stop swarming stores and stealing merchandise because it prevents blacks from feeding their chitlins.


Maybe Kendi (Aka Harold Rogers) should get super radical and GET A REAL JOB.

Not to be pedantic, but there is a BIG difference between someone being “fired” and someone being “laid off.”

As someone who has been both fired and laid off during a 40 year career, I can say that the former occurs when there are performance issues, while the latter occurs when the organization changes and doesn’t need you or can’t support you any more.

Fired is a pejorative term; laid off connotes that it wasn’t the employees fault. BIG DIFFERENCE!

    alien in reply to tiger66. | September 15, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    tiger, whoever wrote this synopsis inserted the word “firing,” but that word does not appear in the source article at the Washington Free Beacon:

    “Ibram X. Kendi’s antiracism center is laying off staff”

    “As many as 15 to 20 staff members are being laid off …”

    “The layoffs take effect later this year.”

    JohnSmith100 in reply to tiger66. | September 15, 2023 at 3:41 pm

    Your are right, but in this case I suspect it was a den of con artist racists.

another parasitic fraud like sharpton but more successful at the con

Kendi, noun, pseudonym for racial con man.

You have to be stupid or filled with guilt to believe this man, the type identified by historical American blacks as a confidence man, perpetuating the very thing he claims to oppose.

The Italians have a saying, “In Italy there are two kinds of fascists: fascists and anti-fascists,”

In America there are two kinds of racists: racists and anti-racists.

The fundraising generated from the martyring of St. George of Minneapolis is falling off. Ibram is not going to share what is still coming in.

Grifting is hard sometimes.

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to UJ. | September 15, 2023 at 3:01 pm

    Especially when there are so many grifters. XBox, SharpTongue, BLM, Antifa, ActBlue…

    So few $$$ for so many hands out.

“Quick reminder that it was never clear what Kendi’s Center for Antiracism Research actually, you know, produced.”

It was never in doubt. Division, destruction, chaos, etc. The work has been done – ok to lay off the staff.


How’s that for intersectional?

It sounds like the race hustling grift is nowhere near as profitable as it used to be

A third, huh? Well, it’s a good start.
As for Dorsey, I always thought all chameleons were vertebrates, but I guess you never stop learning.

At least the new owner of Twitter is not likely to give Henry Rogers ten million bucks to salve his conscience.

This is just another grifter payoff at ESPN+. Most people don’t subscribe to the world of obscure and lesser sporting matchups when so much is available for free these days. The sports bars that do won’t be streaming a woke session.

Between this malevolent fraud and the dim witted alumnus AOC, why would any SANE Boston University grad ever donate one dime to their alma mater? Starve the SOBs!