The Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University, founded by Ibram X. Kendi, has faced financial and administrative chaos since its inception, according to media reports.

Former staffers, including Yanique Redwood, the center’s former executive director, told the New York Times they were frustrated with being required to take on jobs they weren’t hired or qualified to do.

“Everyone was overwhelmed,” Redwood said. “Too many promises were made to funders. Products were promised that could never be delivered.”

Staffers also expressed confusion about the center’s mission. Founded by Kendi in 2020 after George Floyd’s death, the center received tens of millions in donations from liberal philanthropists, including George Soros’ Foundation to Promote Open Society, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Kendi's Antiracism Center in Disarray Amid Poor Management Allegations
Kendi, a prominent defender of critical race theory, founded the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University in 2020

Kendi, known for his defense of critical race theory and teaching racial concepts to children, has published several books, including “How to Be an Anti-Racist” and “Antiracist Baby.” He believes in systemic racism and advocates for America to “identify and describe it” first.

To address staff confusion, Redwood advised Kendi to hold a retreat. During the gathering, sociologist Saida Grundy criticized Kendi’s vision of social change as “a mile wide and an inch deep,” arguing for a more specific goal than just “fighting racism.” The center had produced only two pieces of original academic research through November 2023.

Kendi allegedly withheld financial information about the center for six months and partnered with the diversity, equity, and inclusion arms of consulting firm Deloitte, causing staff frustration. Deloitte contracts with police departments and prisons, which upset staff who weren’t consulted.

In September 2023, Grundy told the Boston Globe that the center was “exploitative” and that other faculty had similar experiences.

Boston University investigated the center for mismanagement but found no evidence of financial misconduct. Fox News Digital reached out to the university. The center fired 19 of its 36 staffers in September 2023, the Times reported.