Black campus leaders silent on pay discrepancy between black, white speakers

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(THE COLLEGE FIX) – Black leaders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are staying silent on a recent issue brought to light that a white guest speaker was paid much more than a black guest speaker for their appearances at a recent diversity, equity and inclusion event hosted by the school.

The university paid “White Fragility” author Robin DiAngelo $12,750 to speak at the diversity event earlier this fall, while its black speaker, Austin Channing Brown, received $7,500 for speaking at the same event, according to an article published by The Washington Free Beacon.

That’s 70 percent more, a difference of $5,250. While Brown’s address did run a half-hour shorter than DiAngelo’s, both were billed as keynote speakers by the university.

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