90 Miles From Tyranny : $12K a Day: How White Liberals Profit From Pushing ‘White Privilege’

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

$12K a Day: How White Liberals Profit From Pushing ‘White Privilege’

White liberal academics can earn more in a day lecturing about their own “white privilege” than the median black household makes in three months, public records obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation and Census Bureau data show.

Left-wing academic Robin DiAngelo is renowned in social justice circles for crafting the “white privilege checklist” and for coining the term “white fragility.” Listening to her speak comes at a steep price.

DiAngelo, who is white, charged the University of Kentucky $12,000, not counting travel expenses, housing accommodations, and meals, for a two-hour “Racial Justice Keynote and breakout session” in March, according to a copy of the speaking contract obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation through public records requests.

“Dr. DiAngelo’s schedule cannot accommodate phone calls related to services,” the contract states, instructing that all communications be sent via email or through DiAngelo’s assistant. “If phone calls are deemed necessary, they will be charged at a rate of $320 per hour.”

DiAngelo’s fee for the event was more than a quarter of the annual median income for black families, which is just over $40,000, according to U.S. Census data.

The description for the two-hour event said DiAngelo would be talking about her book, “White Fragility: Why Is It So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism?”

Her website defines “white fragility” as “a state in which even a minimal challenge to the white position becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive responses. These responses function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and maintain white control.”

The consulting and keynotes section of DiAngelo’s website says her lectures take an “anti-racist” approach based on ideas.

“Racism is the foundation of Western society; we are socialized into a racial hierarchy,” it says. It also touts her “expertise” in “clearly and accessibly presenting information that is politically and emotionally charged.”

The author is in high demand: DiAngelo’s website says she’s booked through March 2020. Tickets for a half-day workshop she led in San Francisco earlier this month started at $130 for adults and $65 for kids.

DiAngelo’s fee typically runs between $10,000 and $15,000, a city official in Everett, Washington, where DiAngelo keynoted a conference in April, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The city government promoted the conference on its website, but the official said all costs were covered by an outside nonprofit, Communities of Color Coalition. The nonprofit didn’t return The Daily Caller News Foundation’s inquiries.

DiAngelo’s clients include Amazon, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Hollywood Writer’s Guild, the YMCA Seattle Public Schools, and the...

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