If it’s another week, it’s another boondoggle for the City of Austin, all paid for by citizens’ tax dollars.

According to recent open records requests, city officials are paying more than $10,000 per day of taxpayer money, with a max of $580,000 per year, to a local consulting firm to provide “anti-racism” training to the Austin Police Department as part of the city council’s so-called “reimagining public safety campaign.”

According to the website for Joyce James Consulting, their mission is to provide “advanced racial equity assistance”:

We support systems and communities in achieving their vision for racial equity by providing workshops, technical assistance, and support with a specific focus on systemic rather than individual factors of racism that serve as a critical foundation for beginning the journey towards undoing institutional and structural racism.

JJC’s training, or “theories of action … for systems ongoing equity efforts”, according to an amended city of Austin contract, “include transformative learning, critical race theory (CRT), and adult learning.”

Critical race theory is the hotly contentious racist ideology that teaches certain Americans are inherently inferior or superior and should be punished or promoted based on the color of their skin.

According to PJ Media, JJC currently has contracts with the city for similar “services” worth more than $3 million over the next three years.

“It’s an easy gig for you,” left-leaning attorney Adam Loewy commented on Twitter. “Just say everything is racist in various ways and make $10k per day.”

“Funny how we keep spending more and more on equity undoing [racism, CRT, etc.] but we keep growing racism exponentially,” another replied.

The CRT consulting firm comes amid the Democrat-run Austin City Council “reimagining public safety.” In 2020, the council defunded the police by up to $150 million (one-third of their budget), forcing numerous APD units to disband, eroding the department’s officer staffing, and suspending police cadet classes until the council could create new training materials.

This spring, the council approved resuming cadet classes with new materials in place. These recent revelations would seem to highlight the nature of these materials.

Meanwhile, on the streets of the city, violent crime and homicides have exploded to record highs since the council’s defunding.

Concerned Austinites can contact the city council.

Adam Cahn

Adam is a longtime conservative activist and an avid UT and Yankees fan.