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The research program is called “GoKAR,” the KAR standing for “Kids Against Racism.” A recruitment flier states: “Listen, Talk, and Learn About Anti-Racism with GoKAR!” The program “creates opportunities for caregivers to engage in dialogue about anti-Black racism with their preschool-aged children at home,” the flier adds.
“My interpretation is it’s a pilot program, a research study on the effectiveness of the program.” The program also recently prompted a complaint to the Office for Civil Rights by economist Mark Perry, a professor at the University of Michigan Flint.
The complaint stated GoKAR “is a racially segregated, racially exclusive, and racially discriminatory program that operates exclusively for caregivers and children who BOTH must self-identify as WHITE and illegally excludes and discriminates against not-White caregivers and children on the basis of their skin color.”
Perry said in an email to The College Fix that participants are financially compensated with a $25 gift card and an additional $20 gift card for completing an optional parent interview, for a total of $45.
“So only whites are allowed to benefit from this race-segregated ‘educational opportunity’ that includes financial compensation, while all non-whites are denied the opportunity to learn about racism (based on their skin color) and get compensated for that experience,” he said.
Perry said he has yet to hear back from the Dallas-based Office for Civil Rights regarding his complaint. Bird, the university spokesman, had no comment on the complaint.