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Florida International University, a public institution, has denounced the United States as a system of “white supremacy,” segregated scholarships and student programs by race, and adopted a radical “diverse school” that trains students to join the Left. adopted the Equality, Equity and Inclusion program. -wing protests and political activism.
At Sunshine Law’s request, I have obtained a collection of documents revealing impressive bureaucratic reforms. Serving more than 40,000 undergraduate students, his FIU Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) officer steadfastly operationalizes key racial theory principles and translates this ideology into academic scholarship. We have created a vast web of programming that we incorporate into almost any process. life.
The story begins with George Floyd’s death in police custody in May 2020. As the riots spread across the country, FIU administrators and academic departments issued a series of statements denouncing the United States as a system of “white supremacy.” Organized a segregated discussion program to steer students toward anti-racist ideology. And whiteness is inherently corrupt.
FIU officials said these forums would create “a healing space for POCs to discuss the unique effects of systemic racism” and encourage white students to “identify ways to take action against racism.” ” and identify it as “Black/POC.”
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Following the protests that summer, the FIU’s ideological program was strengthened. His DEI staff at the university implemented mass programming designed to control language, thought, behavior, employment, curriculum, and distribution of resources, in accordance with left-wing racist mandates.
Left alone, the DEI bureaucracy will overwhelm the entire university. They will gradually resegregate higher education according to the dictates of intersectionality and subvert the principle of individual rights.
This project that captures ideology begins with language.of University DEI bureaucrats Official ‘Comprehensive Language Guide’ Publishes Condemns Some of the Most Common Words in English Such as ‘Husband’, ‘Wife’, ‘Mother’, ‘Father’, ‘Mr.’ and ‘Mrs.’ Did. “she” and “he” as “non-inclusive”.
Instead, the university requires students to use gender-neutral proxies such as “partner,” “spouse,” “parents,” and “carer,” as well as coined words such as “Mx.” suggesting. and “they/them” refers to a singular person.
Racial classification rules are even more arbitrary. “Chinese American” is discriminatory, but “Chinese American” is acceptable. “Jewish” is prohibited, but “Jewish” is OK.
The point is not to produce a stable and accurate language, but to undermine the basic grammar of life and soften the ground for political change.
next, DEI administrator Create an internal cadre by recruiting students into publicly funded left-wing activism. To this end, FIU offers various programs such as the Social Justice Badge Program. It recruits, trains, and positions student activists with the goal of enforcing “power redistribution” and achieving “fair” or equivalent results. The Badge Program invites students to participate in a series of assessments, conferences, seminars, trainings, and initiatives—comprehensive political education driven by bureaucracy rather than faculty.
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The content of these programs is pure leftist activism. Seminar materials begin with “Land Recognition,” promote the Black Lives Matter movement, and describe life in the United States as a system of “power, privilege, and oppression.”
In FIU’s social justice narrative, white Christians are assigned the role of oppressors. “Non-binary” and “black” are assigned the role of the oppressed. White people must stand up for their “privilege,” while minorities must work to seize “power.” For some groups, this work represents spiritual cleansing. The other is that its job is to overthrow the oppressor, and only the oppressor “has power.”
The endpoint is political unrest. In a training program titled “Grassroots Activism and Protest Safety,” DEI administrators encouraged students to participate in protests and demonstrations to “empower social change” and “advocate for diversity and inclusion.” We encourage you to participate in
The university only focuses on Black Lives Matter, the #MeToo movement, the March for Our Lives anti-gun movement, left-wing political activism. The FIU instructs students to prepare for violence by sending a message to “elected officials, government officials and outside interest groups.” “Bring a bandana that covers your nose and mouth,” the lesson reads. “Download a messaging app with end-to-end encryption.”
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I reiterate that these programs are not part of a department. They are run by bureaucrats for the benefit of bureaucrats.of Social Justice Badge Program Dozens of similar initiatives across the FIU’s chaotic administration also provide employment for activist employees. The program also creates a unique demand as students are rewarded with titles, status and trinkets for participating in publicly subsidized political activities.
And student programs are just the beginning. DEI’s ambition It is not only about promoting an ideology, but also asserting its authority over all processes on campus. In short, this represents an effort to put entire universities under a new form of governance, without the consent of legislators: the bureaucratic management of academic life according to the dictates of racial ideologies.
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For example, in terms of faculty recruitment, university DEI bureaucrats created an ideological filter for potential recruits through a “diversity statement” that required applicants to profess faith in the basic premises of left-wing racism. established.
At FIU, all faculty members on search committees are required to submit to STRIDE, an intensive training program designating official “diversity advocates” who work to maintain partisan lines. In the fields of science and engineering, applicants are also required to submit a Diversity Statement in order to be considered for teaching positions. Such programs may hide under the innocuous word of “inclusion,” but they are actually very coercive practices that limit scholarship to conventional left-wing ideas.
Like many public universities, FIU has also created the equivalent of a racial booty system. Many of these are phrased in bureaucratic terms, a series designed to “increase the diversity” and “increase representation” of espoused groups seen as personifications of historical victims. program. But others are clearer. For example, the Underrepresented Graduate Student Fellowship is openly advertised as targeting only “underrepresented doctoral candidates.” In other words, white people, that is, white people, are prohibited from applying. Another FIU-sponsored scholarship, the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program, simply states, “Applicants must be African American or Hispanic.” In addition to European Americans, Asians, Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans are out of luck.
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The most alarming reality of public universities such as FIU is that the DEI movement is still in its early stages. Within a few years, the commissar had built a centralized program of administration, demanded a pledge of political allegiance from faculty and staff, and implemented a reward and punishment system based on identity and ideology rather than character and merit.
Left alone, the DEI bureaucracy will engulf the entire university. They will gradually resegregate higher education according to the dictates of intersectionality and subvert the principle of individual rights. Political activity will replace knowledge production and make everyone worse off.
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