‘White fragility’ author charges $20K to UConn

‘White fragility’ author charges $20k to UConn

The University of Connecticut is reportedly paying White Fragility author and critical race theory proponent Robin DiAngelo upwards of $20,000 to train its administrators to become more efficient zealots in the crusade against “systemic racism.”

In documents procured by The College Fix, DiAngelo is reportedly going to run a three-and-a-half-hour workshop for the university’s administrators, for a figure higher than the average household yearly income of several US counties.

DiAngelo’s bestselling treatise, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, is now required reading material by woke corporate boards and federal agencies across the United States and has attained international acclaim.

Following widespread backlash over the divisive book, DiAngelo claimed preemptively in 2011 that such reactions are simply proof of white fragility in action.

“White Fragility is a state in which even a minimal challenge to the white position becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves, including: argumentation, invalidation, silence, withdrawal and claims of being attacked and misunderstood. These moves function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and maintain control,” she wrote.

UConn president Thomas Katsouleas announced DiAngelo’s short lecture along with the university’s “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives,” and offered praise for students engaged in anti-racism protests and those who are partaking in “initiative online and remote initiatives aimed at righting longstanding wrongs,” reports The College Fix.

He stated that university authorities, “have committed ourselves to matching our words with concrete, real-world actions that touch on every unit and facet of the University,” adding:

One example of this commitment is a professional development retreat scheduled for the fall for 44 top leaders of the university with Robin DiAngelo, the antiracism scholar whose White Fragility has become a much-discussed book during this moment. This retreat will help University leadership come to grips with the critical questions of racism and inclusion, and to bring those insights back to our campuses.

Another example is a new University course on Anti-Black Racism, that will be offered starting in Fall 2020, following on the success of the Spring 2020 course launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While not a required course, it garnered the largest enrollment in the history of the University, and we expect and fully encourage the entire community to repeat that embrace of this new course.

DiAngelo’s $20,000 paycheck isn’t out of the ordinary. She was previously reported to have received $12,000 for a similar session hosted at the University of Kentucky, per the Daily Caller.