University of Michigan gives nearly $2 million to ‘dismantle systemic racism’

A University of Michigan subdivision plans to spend nearly $2 million in what a dean describes as “high-impact research” that will supposedly help enable the dismantling of systemic racism.

The expensive, faculty-led “change-the-world” virtue-signaling project is one of several in the inaugural Meet the Moment Research Initiative in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts with a total price tag of about $4.5 million. Several other projects will address so-called environmental justice.

In one of four projects that received a green light, the Ann Arbor, Mich., institution is spending $1,999,834 on Confronting the Carceral State, which will study “the historical and current state of the U.S. carceral system, including mass incarceration, police brutality, wrongful convictions, racial criminalization and immigrant detention,” it said in an announcement about the examination of prison-related policies.

The culmination of the research is to “‘change the narrative’ around the carceral state in an effort to dismantle systemic racism and promote social justice.”

Probing the criminal justice system may indeed be a worthy goal (including in the way certain Trump supporters have been treated by federal prosecutors), provided that researchers avoid going into it with preconceived notions or preordained conclusions.

From the summary, it seems unlikely that this study, however, will actually change the prevailing narrative that has gained currency among the dominant academic left-wing hierarchy that ascribes to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The University of Michigan, which is or was generally considered one of the top schools in the country, is publicly funded, which means that taxpayer money, at least in part, is perhaps underwriting this program.

Moreover, with so many institutions of higher learning, as they were once known, devolving into dogmatic, far-left indoctrination factories, parents might be thinking twice about writing a huge tuition check for a college degree other than in a STEM field.

With this in mind, Fox News host Pete Hegseth has sent back his Harvard University diploma in a symbolic parchment protest, writing return to sender on the document.

According to the Detroit News, University of Michigan regents just increased the annual undergraduate tuition by 3.4 percent, which brings the total, including board, for in-state students to about $30,000. Tuition and fees for non-Michigan residents “rose 3.9%, or by $2,102, to $55,334.”

In a video describing this initiative at the University of Michigan, an upbeat Dean Anne Curzan described the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts as a “research powerhouse” which is comprised of professors pursuing “cutting-edge research” and who produce “new knowledge.”

Dean Curzan added that “we’re also committed to applying that knowledge to make the world a better, more just, more sustainable place.”

Parenthetically, America First Legal, an organization launched by ex-Trump senior advisor Stephen Miller, last week filed a complaint with several federal agencies that alleged that the University of Michigan and other organizations are engaging in prohibited discrimination in internship opportunities.

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