(CAMPUS REFORM) – A Washington, D.C. professor argued for the creation of an "anti-racist amendment," as well as a federal department dedicated to "anti-racism."
American University history professor Ibram Kendi made his case for the two additions to government in a piece for POLITICO.
The Department of Anti-racism "would be empowered with disciplinary tools"
"The amendment would make unconstitutional racial inequity over a certain threshold, as well as racist ideas by public officials (with “racist ideas” and “public official” clearly defined)," Kendi wrote in the piece.
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The professor, who also serves as the director of American University's Antiracist Research & Policy Center, also supported establishing a "Department of Anti-racism [DOA]," containing no political appointees but instead staffed with "formally trained experts on racism."
"The DOA would be responsible for preclearing all local, state and federal public policies to ensure they won’t yield racial inequity, monitor those policies, investigate private racist policies when racial inequity surfaces, and monitor public officials for expressions of racist ideas," Kendi explained. "The DOA would be empowered with disciplinary tools to wield over and against policymakers and public officials who do not voluntarily change their racist policy and ideas."