After reading 'How to Be An Anti-Racist,' Central Michigan U president vows to act accordingly

  • The president of Central Michigan University read the bestselling book "How to Be an Antiracist "by Ibram Kendi.
  • After reading and re-reading the book, he will pursue several new reforms for the university.

After reading How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram Kendi, Central Michigan University President Bob Davies announced that the school would work to become “antiracist.”

In a blog post, Davies explained that after his colleague recommended that he read How to Be an Antiracist, and in light of the “senseless killings of several Black men and women” over the summer, Central Michigan University "must" adopt a new end goal: to “become an antiracist institution.”

Davies says that he “spent several weeks reading, re-reading, underlining passages and absorbing the advice” of the book. He learned that “the work to achieve this goal starts at the top...  with the Board of Trustees and me, and it is now the work of all our university’s top leaders.”

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Quoting extensively from the book, Davies announced that he would increase support of multicultural organizations, examining the manner in which the university recruits faculty, and developing a strategic plan for diversity.

“I know I have blind spots, and so I am always challenging my perspective by asking questions and inviting feedback,” he explained. “I am a lifelong learner, and these discussions with faculty, staff, and students are, for me, one of the biggest benefits to working on a university campus.”

The book's author, Kendi, is a professor at Boston University and the founder of its new Center for Antiracist Research. 

He is also the author of the bestseller Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

“spent several weeks reading, re-reading, underlining passages and absorbing the advice.”   

How to Be an Antiracist was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Multiple colleges have encouraged or required students and faculty to read it.

As Campus Reform previously reported, Boston University launched the Center for Antiracist Research in June to conduct “exhaustive racial research, research-based policy innovation, data-driven educational and advocacy campaigns, and narrative-change initiatives.”

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey donated $10 million to accelerate the center’s work.

[RELATED: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey donates $10 million to Boston University's 'Center for Antiracist Research’]

The Central Michigan University College Republicans told Campus Reform that “there is already a feeling of imposter syndrome” for conservatives on campus.

“It’s discomforting to learn that our university is going to be making policy decisions so firmly rooted in Marxist ideology, an ideology that rejects equality of opportunity, an ideology that assumes disparity equals injustice, and an ideology that disregards foundational American values,” the group said. “We are deeply saddened by our university’s decision to participate in the willful indoctrination of America’s youth.”

As an example of anti-conservative bias that results from the promulgation of critical race theory, the CMU College Republicans recalled an incident in which a professor tore down posters advertising a visit by Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk.

Campus Reform reached out to Central Michigan University for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication. 

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Benjamin Zeisloft | Pennsylvania Senior Campus Correspondent

Benjamin Zeisloft is a Pennsylvania Senior Campus Correspondent, reporting on liberal bias and abuse for Campus Reform. He is studying Finance and Marketing at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Benjamin also writes for The UPenn Statesman and the Wharton International Business Review.

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