“It became very clear after I started that this was exploitative and other faculty experienced the same and worse”
It was recently reported that Ibram Kendi’s ‘anti-racist’ think tank at Boston University is cutting up to a third of its staff. This is setting off a firestorm of criticisms from employees at the organization who are accusing Kendi of exploiting them.
The revolution always ends up eating its own.
FOX News reports:
Boston University staffers speak out against Ibram X. Kendi’s center laying off employees: ‘Exploitative’
Some staff members from the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University were critical of both founder Ibram X. Kendi and the decision to lay off several employees after the news broke earlier this month.
On Thursday, Boston University confirmed to Fox News Digital that at least 15 staffers have been laid off at the center as part of an “evolving” process…
By Friday, some members of both the Boston University and the Center for Antiracist Research’s staff began voicing their displeasure at the news, suggesting deeper issues beyond a new “fellowship model.”
“There are a number of ways it got to this point, it started very early on when the university decided to create a center that rested in the hands of one human being, an individual given millions of dollars and so much authority,” Spencer Piston, faculty lead of the center’s policy office, told the Boston Globe…
Former assistant director of narrative at the center, Saida Grundy, also described a lack of structure, leading to her working extra hours.
“It became very clear after I started that this was exploitative and other faculty experienced the same and worse,” Grundy told the Boston Globe.
A former faculty member at Ibram Kendi's "antiracism" center blasts Kendi for unleashing "employment violence" on his fired employees and suggests that Kendi's "commitment to antiracism is cosmetic and hypocritical."
Woke-on-woke recriminations rising. Kendi the new oppressor. pic.twitter.com/7Fstik0U4X
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) September 19, 2023
Ibram Kendi’s “antiracism” center is collapsing. He hired a bunch of left-wing academics that produced almost no research, but complained that he was “exploitative” and forced them to work too hard. Now he’s laid off nearly half of the employees and they’re trashing him publicly. pic.twitter.com/6DhKXnkjLz
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) September 17, 2023
National Review has more:
The center opened at Boston University in the summer of 2020, soon after the death of George Floyd and the subsequent riots that engulfed much of the nation. In response, the university received a $10 million donation from former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, as well as $1.5 million donations from both the biotech company Vertex as well as the Rockefeller Foundation, according to the Globe.
Saida Grundy, a sociology professor who previously worked at the center before quitting in 2021, said it lacked structure and that she was forced to work long hours. “It became very clear after I started that this was exploitative and other faculty experienced the same and worse,” she said.
Kendi is even being accused of ’employment violence’ whatever that is.
Systemic injustice committed by Ibram X. Kendi's Center for Antiracism by laying off staff:
It's an "act of employment violence and trauma [that] is not just about individual leaders. It's about the cultures and systems that allow it to occur."
—BU Prof. Phillipe Copeland pic.twitter.com/Hwn5qUaffp
— Free Black Thought (@FreeBlckThought) September 18, 2023
It’s amazing how quickly this all started falling apart.
Featured image via YouTube.DONATE
Donations tax deductible
to the full extent allowed by law.