If you are looking for a job at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), you’d better be prepared to champion Critical Race Theory.
Recent job postings at the publicly-funded university mandate that candidates for various academic positions including an “Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity” must be active proponents of the CRT ideology of “anti-racism.”
The term “anti-racism” was coined by Boston University professor Ibram X. Kendi. As journalist Christopher Rufo explains, “Kendi’s thesis—that if the races are equal, then racial disparities can owe only to racism and must be rectified through “antiracist discrimination”—is a simplistic reiteration of critical race theory’s core concepts.”
One full paragraph of the four-paragraph job description describes the woke credentials that applicants are expected to possess. “IUPUI condemns racism in all its forms and has taken an anti‐racist stance that moves beyond mere statements to interrogating its policies, procedures, and practices,” states the job posting. “We hope to identify individuals who will assist in our mission to dismantle racism so that everyone has the opportunity to succeed at IUPUI.”
Other job postings, including one for an assistant or associate professor of occupational therapy, include the same requirements to champion CRT.
IUPUI does not even offer potential faculty the pretense of academic freedom, instead making it clear that nonconformists will be barred from opportunities to teach at the university. Anyone who rejects Critical Race Theory as the Marxist, ahistoric, infantilizing, and racist doctrine that it is, will not be welcomed at this public institution of higher education.
Nor does the mandatory adherence to official propaganda stop there. Despite its self-abnegating claim to wish to combat its own essential racism, IUPUI already funds a “Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” which hosts numerous programs dedicated to forcing Critical Race Theory on students and faculty.
Among these are the “White Racial Literacy Project” which promises to provide “an educational environment and reflective opportunity for White people in the IUPUI community to unpack misconceptions and misinformation about structural racism.”
In a similar vein, the “Racial Healing Project” seeks to “seriously engage IUPUI in efforts to recognize the trauma visited upon populations of color both historically and contemporarily within the US, and to position our campus to become a leader in facilitating opportunities for racial healing, collaboration, growth, and support.” Specific elements of this project include classic elements of CRT including “Educating the community on variant manifestations of racism that are covert and overt,” “Introducing concepts that account for the emotional experiences attached to racist practices,” and “Providing tools to account for and address racism at the individual and institutional level.”
The university also sports an anti-racism “Action Committee” which asserts—literally—that racism is worse than the novel coronavirus.
The official university website features a quote from radical author and professor Roxane Gay, which states, “Eventually, doctors will find a coronavirus vaccine, but [B]lack people will continue to wait, despite the futility of hope, for a cure for racism. We will live with the knowledge that a hashtag is not a vaccine for white supremacy.”
This quote is the epitome of critical race theory—the idea that despite centuries of racial progress, and laws and institutions which vehemently forbid racial discrimination, America is still somehow a land controlled by “white supremacy,” to which all black citizens are victims. Yet it is featured at the very top of IUPUI’s website devoted to racial equity and diversity.
IUPUI’s blatant promotion of false racist narratives and frontal assault on academic freedom make it home to one of the most egregious uses of critical race theory.