American University in Washington D.C. (Full disclosure: I once taught legal ethics at the law school there) employs Ibram X. Kendi as a history prof and Director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center. He writes, and thus advocates, utter nonsense like this, from his recent opinion piece in Politico:
To fix the original sin of racism, Americans should pass an anti-racist amendment to the U.S. Constitution that enshrines two guiding anti-racist principals: Racial inequity is evidence of racist policy and the different racial groups are equals. The amendment would make unconstitutional racial inequity over a certain threshold, as well as racist ideas by public officials (with “racist ideas” and “public official” clearly defined). It would establish and permanently fund the Department of Anti-racism (DOA) comprised of formally trained experts on racism and no political appointees. The DOA would be responsible for preclearing all local, state and federal public policies to ensure they won’t yield racial inequity, monitor those policies, investigate private racist policies when racial inequity surfaces, and monitor public officials for expressions of racist ideas. The DOA would be empowered with disciplinary tools to wield over and against policymakers and public officials who do not voluntarily change their racist policy and ideas.
This agitprop gibberish demonstrates a near complete absence of critical thinking, logic, support for individual rights, comprehension of the inevitable abuses of government, and responsible advocacy. For a history professor at an American college, it is the rhetorical equivalent of ripping off your clothes, painting yourself puce and baying at the moon with a Cobb salad on your head. Presumably a professor who did that would be suspended from teaching duties, yet American University allows this lunatic anti-democratic demagogue not only to leach funds from the school, thus increasing its already excessive tuition, but to continue to warp young minds and indoctrinate weak thinkers with his race-obsessed, totalitarian theories.
It is unethical for a university to allow someone like this within 50 yards of an impressionable college student, much to give him a salary to engage in educational malpractice.
Pointer: Amy Alkon