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DEI Doesn’t Work. Taxpayers Shouldn’t Pay for It

January 27, 2023

The evidence has been mounting for years: Diversity, equity, and inclusion programs, ironically enough, don’t make people more tolerant of individual differences. So why aren’t the “experts” who say racism is still omnipresent calling for different solutions?

Likely because they are the ones spreading — and benefitting handsomely from — the DEI gospel.

Ibram X. Kendi, for example, whose proposed remedy for discrimination is more discrimination, makes $20,000 or morefor presentations before public-school districts. He has also presented for the DEI offices at Georgia Tech, the University of Virginia, Lehigh University, the University of Southern California, UC Davis, the University of Illinois, and elsewhere. Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility, who makes between $14,000 and $30,000 for her speaking engagements, has spoken at DEI departments at Cornell, the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, and Seattle University. The list goes on, but, at some point, the press releases become repetitive.

Then there are the consulting companies, which can charge up to six figures. The Racial Equity Institute lists dozens of colleges, K–12 school districts, and businesses as its clients, including Arizona State University, Duke Divinity School, Ben & Jerry’s, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district in North Carolina. In case there is any question about DEI’s roots, another training company called The Equity Collaborative has a presentation entitled “Introduction to Critical Race Theory,” which was used, for instance, to train teachers in Loudoun County, Va.

Read the rest of the op-ed at National Review.

Jonathan Butcher is the Will Skillman Fellow in Education at the Heritage Foundation and a Senior Fellow at the Goldwater Institute.



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