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Author and leading critical race theory advocate Ibram X. Kendy was paid $20,000 to speak at the last one-hour virtual event at the University of Michigan.

Less than two months after being listed in Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of 2020”, Kendy, a professor of humanities at Boston University, was paid $20,000 to participate in a Zoom discussion at the University of Michigan. According to the contract Obtained via a public records request by Campus Reform.


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Campus Reform reported that the contract between the University of Michigan and Kendy’s speaking agency, Penguin Random House, stated that Kendy spoke for 45 minutes and answered questions for 15 minutes during the November 11, 2020 presentation. The contract reportedly stipulated that if more than 1,000 people attended the event, a higher amount would be charged from the university.

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“The cost of this event was covered by the University’s General Fund,” said the university’s director of public affairs and internal communications, Rick Fitzgerald, told Campus Reform. “General Fund money comes from a variety of sources, including student tuition and fees, costs recovered from state appropriations and sponsored research activities. It pays for tuition, student services, facilities, and administrative support for the university. “

November’s discussion focused primarily on Kendy’s 2017 book, “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” Campus Reform reported.

Book description on Kandy’s website reads,” From Puritan minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from the radical abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to the brilliant scholar W.E.B. Du Bois to the great anti-prison activist Angela Davis, Kendy shows how and why some of our most prominent slavery and civil rights advocates thinkers have challenged or helped to strengthen racist ideas in America. Contrary to popular belief, racist ideas did not arise out of ignorance or hatred. Instead, they were formulated and respected by some of the brightest minds of each era These intellectuals used their talents to justify and rationalize. Discriminatory policies in everything from wealth to health are deeply ingrained in the country’s racial inequalities.”

Kendy, who authored the 2019 best-selling book “How to Be an Antiracist,” is one of the key figures pushing the implementation of “critical race theory” in schools. The controversial line of thought teaches that racism is embedded in every aspect of American society, often referred to as “systemic racism” on the left, and pushes for the dismantling of traditional power structures.

Kendy has argued that the only way to undo systemic racism in America is to “consistently identify and describe it – and then eliminate it.”

Granthshala News’ requests for comment from the University of Michigan and Kendy were not immediately returned.

Granthshala News’ David Rutz contributed to this report.