Funded by taxpayers, a Madison, Wisconsin, conference for all members of the educational system, including teachers, university faculty, students ranging from high school to college, and political activists intends to teach the attendees to “dismantle this system of white supremacy, white privilege and oppression.”
The White Privilege Conference, a four-day-long event which will take place in downtown Madison in March, is being co-sponsored by Madison Area Technical College and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, which are both taxpayer-supported. Michael Rindo, spokesman for UW-Eau Claire, said the university is giving $2,000 for the event. The city of Madison said it is forking over $1,500.
The conference is being organized by the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion, which is receiving $18,375 from the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center booking event assistance account.
Each out-of-town administrator or faculty member who attends for the full four days could cost taxpayers more than $850; each teacher could cost close to $700.
The White Privilege Conference has been held for fifteen years. Its founder, Eddie Moore Jr., said in 2011 on Minnesota’s MSR Online that “white supremacy, white privilege, racism and other forms of oppression are designed for your destruction – designed to kill you.”
An anonymous teacher on the conference website said she will return to her classroom with what she learned and encourage her younger students to think about “how this is going to play itself out.”