Dept. of Public Instruction and UW System Spent More Than $20,000 on White Privilege Conference

Nick Novak, MacIver Institute, May 12, 2014

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and University of Wisconsin System spent more than $20,000 on the White Privilege Conference according to records available at the state’s transparency website,

The 15th annual national White Privilege conference was held in Madison in late March. The MacIver Institute reported on two sessions that took place at the conference. The facilitator in the first workshop called teaching “a political act,” while the second attacked the Tea Party for being racist.

Other workshops included discussions about white privilege in elementary classrooms and promoting issues of social justice.

Media Trackers originally broke the story that taxpayer dollars were being used in part to fund the conference.

According to, the UW System spent $18,157.50 on the conference and DPI spent $2,070.

The UW System spent $9040.50 on travel expenses for non-state employees, $5,000 on professional services relating to the conference, and $4,117 on travel costs for an in-state conference, convention, and training.


Heather LaRoi, Strategic Communications Manager for the UW System, told MacIver that the UW System did not sponsor the event.

“UW System Administration did not co-sponsor or lead the White Privilege Conference,” LaRoi said in an email. “Costs for any employee from UW System institutions registering for the event would have been covered by an individual employee, his or her department, school/college, or institution.”

DPI made two separate credit card payments to the conference. The first transaction was for $230 and the second was $1,840.

The WPC website listed registration rates for non-profits and K-12 staff at $230 per person. Based on that data, it would seem that DPI paid for nine staff members to attend the four-day conference.


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  • D.B. Cooper

    And they just keep on and on with those sessions with no end in sight, nor any opposition from the Republican Party 90% of you will still support next election.

  • Why not?

    Leonard Zeskind doesn’t come cheap.

  • dd121

    Another example of the left’s get-rich scam they’ve created for themselves by hijacking public education.

  • MekongDelta69

    I am totally bummed out they didn’t invite ME to their “White Privilege Conference.”
    [Doesn’t that sound like Forrest Gump when he was in the room with all the Black Panthers and his hippie g/f? “I’m sorry I spoiled your Black Panther Party.”]

    Since we paid for this brainwashing, I’m sure they didn’t deny themselves good food on our dime. I would have simply stayed outside and scoffed up all the chow, while the sheep were inside being indoctrinated by Jim Jones.

  • ncpride

    Any news about these ‘White Privilege’ (White Guilt) conferences nearly makes my head explode. The cowards who plan these things should at least stop insulting our intelligence and call this nonsense exactly what it is… ‘Hate On Whitey Week’. Every other race in this country must think we are fools to subject ourselves to this, and for those who willingly go, you ARE fools! Wake up Whites!

  • Truthseeker

    As a racially-aware White, I can see clearly what’s going on here, but too many stupid people think this is just a genuine attempt at doing right. Wake up, folks: They’re trying to destroy our society. Once they convince you you have no right to exist and that simply being yourself is a sin, they can conquer you easily. Don’t buy into the lies of these vile Marxists.

    • TruthBeTold

      Nazis on the March!!!

      Pogroms to follow.

    • Anna Tree

      I read somewhere that the escalation of Prejudice is as follows:
      1. Disparaging Terms
      2. Avoidance
      3. Discrimination
      4. Physical Violence
      5, Genocide, extermination, or ethnic cleansing

      Deshumanisation should I think be added between 3 and 4:

  • JohnEngelman

    I would rather they spend the money on a dialogue on race with Jared Taylor invited.

    • That sounds good in theory, but the minute blacks and radical DWLs hear something they don’t like, they’ll go into a rage and start preaching against the evils of whitey. It would soon turn into a circus and screaming match. These people thrives on division and public political stunts.

    • Zimriel

      Bring in Derb as well. It would end up like the scene in “scanners”.

      • JohnEngelman

        Let’s not forget to invite Charles Murray.

  • Tarczan

    It was a lot more than that, the salaries of all those people added up to much more. That was the first thing I thought of when I saw all those people sitting there, they were all getting paid(mostly by the government) to attend. What a waste, we used to put people on the moon.

    As Mr. Moderator said, “We could have gone to Mars”. Great comment.

  • Romulus

    The best thing for the morons who attend these so called conferences is to be removed from the gene pool or deprogramming.

    Sorry folks for the short brief. After watching video of this spectacle, I really didn’t feel that I could adequately find the right language to highlight the stupidity.

  • Conrad

    I find it interesting that anti-whites will balk at the idea of “white culture,” usually asking “What is white culture.” As if white culture does not exist. But when it comes to “white privilege” They, all of a sudden, know all about white culture. And of course, it’s all bad.

    Here’s some good info. Go to Youtube and look up “The Truth About Karl Marx,” by Stefan Molyneux. It’s a good video explaining what is wrong with leftist goofs. This man has several good videos on other subjects that you’ll want to sharer with friends & enemies alike.

    • TruthBeTold

      Ask them to define black culture, Hispanic culture, Asian culture.

      Make them answer first.

    • RyanP

      I have been following Molyneux for years. He is an anarchist libertarian. AS far as I know he has not come out as a race realist but he has hinted at it. He did a great video about Mandela which really opened my eyes.

      • Conrad

        I’m new to his videos but they seem to be very useful. I’m not sure just what to make of his anarchist stand, anarchist are usually anti-whites.

  • TruthBeTold

    Here’s a link with hidden cam video of the conference and more details:

    www tinyurl com/kdtamzz

  • BillMillerTime

    I check my white privilege every 3000 miles or so. If it gets low, I add more. Like money and good looks, it’s impossible to have too much.

    • Pro_Whitey

      Yes, at least $20,000 to tell us what we already know: white people are the best people.

  • Uncle Bob

    These people should be rounded up as the Red subversives they truely are. It’s amazing this Government Department (DPI) is used to subvert white Americans and coerce them to accept dispossession in their jobs and communities. Screw that! This department is a waste of taxpayer money and a refuge for people who learned nothing in school but how to complain. What gives them the right to psycho-analyze all whites and tell us we have some sort of unique disorder? This taxpayer funded gravy train for pseudo-intellectual losers should be cut-off immediately.

  • Medizin

    As far as I am concerned, no one deserves ‘privilege,’ or $20,000,…unless they are White.


  • W. A. Summers

    $20,000 down the rat hole? It was reliably estimated that the UW Madison spent about
    $800,000 on each of the approximately 17 children in the experimental (environmental
    enrichment ) group of the Milwaukee Project , headed until his 1980 demise, by the late
    Rick Heber. By 1990, the overall verdict on the $14 million Project was that it did not
    deserve scientific regard. The University appears not to have been merely indifferent to
    what was going on internally in the Project; it has remained in ‘hibernation’ about the whole
    matter for several decades. Learning failure?