University of Memphis Cancels Social Justice Initiative Following Backlash


The University of Memphis will cancel an initiative that encouraged faculty members to alter their current courses to incorporate “diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice” curriculum, according to a new report from the Washington Free Beacon and Tennessee Governor Bill Lee.

The program, entitled “Eradicating Systemic Racism and Promoting Social Justice Initiative,” received widespread backlash from lawmakers that represent the state.

According to the report, Lee’s office contacted university leadership shortly after the Free Beacon first reported the new program.

“The University of Memphis informed my office that the initiative will not move forward,” Governor Lee told the Free Beacon. “We welcome robust debate on college campuses, but taxpayer dollars should never be used to fuel a divisive, radical agenda.”

“Ending this program was the right decision, and I thank the university for hearing our concerns,” Lee added.

The decision will prevent professors from gaining a $3,000 stipend to teach the new components. In order to receive the funds, a professor would have been required to provide a detailed plan to describe their course of action when including the preferred curriculum.

The measure was a part of a larger effort “to identify areas in need of reform and change, and implement that change to take another step in the direction of realizing the hope of a community defined by equality and justice.”

“The University should be encouraging their students to be independent thinkers, expanding their world view, learning how to be lifelong learners and respectful of all,” said Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) in a statement to Fox News.

“Taxpayer dollars should not be used to fund a woke social justice agenda.”

Some students of the public university claimed university leaders could spend the funds in other ways, like updating dorms or improving educational offerings.

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Cooper Moran is a reporter for The Star News Network. Follow Cooper on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “University of Memphis” by Bubbahotepblues CC BY-SA 4.0.



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7 Thoughts to “University of Memphis Cancels Social Justice Initiative Following Backlash”

  1. Jay

    Cut the funds until they fire the geniuses that hatched the plan.

  2. Jason

    Practically everybody who works on a university campus is super Woke. There would be no one left.

  3. Kevin

    So where and/or from whom did the original idea that a “social justice initiative” was a good idea come from? Somebody or bodies had to bring it into the University of Memphis and Tennessee!

    Frankly, until the UoM person or persons who initiated the initiative are removed from the equation, we are going to have the social justice “cancer”! This is where our Governor as the Chief Executive in Tennessee needs to step in and act and force it to happen! Until then, he is ultimately responsible, and we need to hold him accountable!

    1. 83ragtop50

      Kevin – You read my mind. The heart of this rot is in the minds of those in the administration and will remain embedded in the school until that rot is removed.

  4. John

    This may have stopped the money but it most likely does nothing to stop the agenda, brainwashing the kids with this garbage.

    The best defense against this is for parents to thoroughly educate and equip your children to handle things like this as they progress from K through 12 and possibly into college. You can’t shield them from the bad things of this world. They are going to encounter them sooner than later.

    You wouldn’t send a soldier out on the battlefield without training and nor should you send your child out in the adult world without training either. Make no mistake. This is a battle we’re fighting and a battle we must win.

  5. David Blackwell RN, BSN, CCM

    4 + 4 = 12 no matter what color or non binary gender you are.

    1. 901Tiger

      Nah, man. 4+4 = Jan 6.