Your Tax Money Hard At Work: Biden Spends $1M on “Latina Resistance” Study

Written by Christopher Allen.

The Biden administration, through the National Science Foundation (NSF), is set to allocate over one million dollars in taxpayer funds to explore topics of ‘Latina resistance’ and ‘intraminority solidarity.’ This decision has sparked debate over the use of scientific research funds for what some critics are calling DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) propaganda.

DEI Focus at Major Universities

Loyola University Maryland received a grant of $498,271 for a three-year study into how Latina women resist oppressive conditions in engineering programs at predominantly white institutions. The NSF, which boasts an annual budget of $9.9 billion, supports this project as part of its broader DEI agenda. The Daily Wire highlighted that the study aims to tackle perceived racist and sexist structures within the STEM fields.

Promoting Solidarity Among Minorities

Another significant portion of funding, amounting to $618,465, was granted to the University of Washington. This study focuses on fostering solidarity among minority groups, particularly between Asian Americans and black Americans, in response to societal racism. The project seeks to understand how different perspectives on racism can influence support and unity among these communities.

Critical Theories and Frameworks Employed

The research at Loyola is guided by LatCrit theory, intersectionality, and the Cultural Wealth Model (CWM), which aim to investigate and empower Latina students to engage in resistance behaviors against discriminatory practices in engineering environments. This approach signifies a clear intent to embed critical race theories within academic research funded by federal resources.

Intergroup Relations and Allyship

The University of Washington’s study delves into the dynamics of intergroup relations and the concept of allyship. It examines how different narratives about racial conflict can affect the willingness of Asian Americans to form alliances with black Americans, aiming to build a more comprehensive understanding of intergroup relations within a racially diverse society.

Our Take

The decision by the NSF to fund studies centered on ‘Latina resistance’ and ‘intraminority solidarity’ raises significant questions about the priorities of federal spending in scientific research. While understanding societal issues is undoubtedly important, the focus on highly politicized and divisive theories may not be the best use of taxpayer money, especially when it could be directed towards more universally beneficial scientific endeavors. Such expenditures reflect a broader trend of political influence in public funding, which could potentially shift focus away from critical scientific and technological advancements needed to promote national health and secure national defense. As stewards of taxpayer funds, federal agencies should ensure that their investments in research foster broad, tangible benefits for all Americans, free from ideological bias.

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