Major University Launches Racial Justice Center, Funds Nonwhite Initiatives and Offers 'Masterclass in Activism'

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For aspiring activists, an upper Midwestern college has something supreme in store.

As announced on the University of Michigan’s website, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy has launched a Center for Racial Justice.

Per the page, U of M hopes it will “challenge [the college] to live up to [its] democratic ideals and offer sound policy prescriptions for a more equitable and just society.”

The establishment eyes four goals.

  • Inform research agendas, policy debate, and potential policy solutions
  • Create an innovation space at the intersections of activism, artistry, research, and public policy, with a focus on advancing racial equity

It’s all about equity:

  • Support bold, courageous, and ambitious projects targeting racial inequity and intersectional injustice, led by some of the most important changemakers of our time

The school wants to train activists, and they’re not afraid to admit it.

  • Cultivate the next generation of racial justice changemakers and public policy leaders

It’s incredible how quickly the word “equity” has eclipsed “equality.”

More stunning is the drastic difference between the two.

Equality is crucial to our national ideal — that all should be given liberty.

Equity — so far as I can tell — is another word for communism.

From Karl Marx:

“From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.”

In a relative few moments, it seems governmental institutions have come around to Karl’s way of thinking.

For UMich militants of like mind, an exhilarating education awaits.

And it isn’t the only college raising revolutionaries.

As I covered in May, the University of Central Florida serves up a Social Justice in Public Service program.

From the official description:

The…graduate certificate seeks to develop leaders who can influence policy to create social justice.

The program’s webpage catalogs quite a crop of career options:

  • City Alderman
  • City Council Member
  • Congressional Representative
  • Councilor
  • Government Affairs Researcher
  • Government Affairs Specialist
  • Government Professor
  • International Relations Professor
  • Legislator
  • Local Governance and Citizen Participation Specialist
  • Member of Congress
  • Political Consultant
  • Political Research Scientist
  • Political Researcher
  • Political Theory Professor
  • Public Policy Professor
  • Selectman
  • Senator
  • Tribal Council Member

Southward, the University of North Carolina hosts a graduate program in “antiracism.”

And Southern Illinois University-Carbondale boasts a doctoral program in diversity, equity and inclusion.

Social justice is sweeping campuses nationwide.

In August, University of Kentucky hired the Center for Healing Racial Trauma.

The company pocketed thousands of dollars and encouraged faculty to “replace white supremacy
with the more accurate white inferiority complex language and know it organizes most systems in the USA.”

On participant told Young America’s Foundation it was “really hard” to “force [herself] to accept white inferiority.”

Perhaps it won’t be so difficult at the University of Michigan.

Regarding race, the Center’s Racial Justice Student Initiative Fund “provides financial support for student-led racial justice initiatives that advance a more critical understanding of the social and political conditions that impact Black, Native and Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian American and Pacific Islander peoples.”

As for events, the initiative will help novices become masters:

The Masterclass in Activism is a widely advertised event series in which the center’s director will be in conversation with noted activists and thought leaders who have made significant marks on the policy landscape. The center will feature two speakers each year, one per semester, to participate in the masterclass series. This fall, we’re delighted to welcome Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole to deliver the Masterclass in Activism.

UM spokesman Rick Fitzgerald told The College Fix the Center is in no way political.

In fact, “diversity of thought is a consideration among a number of factors as the Center continues to extend invitations” to speakers.

Rick revealed the university’s “dedication to academic excellence for the public good is inseparable from [its] commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

Is that political in itself?

Either way, one thing’s for sure: Where woke activism’s concerned, contemporary high school graduates have a plethora of paths to make their racial justice dreams come true.

Universal Equity, here we come.

-ALEX

 

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