Robin DiAngelo, the controversial author of White Fragility and anti-racism educator, received 70 percent higher pay for her keynote speaking role at a University of Wisconsin event than Austin Channing Brown, her black counterpart, the Washington Free Beacon discovered.
Both DiAngelo and Brown were keynote speakers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement annual Diversity Forum. For their roles as keynote speakers, DiAngelo pulled $12,750 while Brown, who is African-American, was paid only $7,500. That's a difference of over $5,000.
The forum took place over the course of two days on Zoom. The entire event is available online except for DiAngelo's keynote address, as the PowerPoint presentation she used during her speech is her intellectual property and she didn't want to make that public.
DiAngelo has substantially increased her profile since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May. She charges an average of $14,000 per session, has made an estimate of $2 million from her bestselling book, and owns three homes collectively worth more than $1.5 million.
DiAngelo has provided training sessions and given speeches to a variety of major political organizations and corporations, including the Democratic Party House Caucus which she addressed in June.
Her book expounds on her belief that white people are inherently racist, and she has used a number of questionable anecdotes and claims to justify her position.
Her book claims that values such as objectivity are "white supremacy," and discusses a situation where she had a moment of "panic" at the thought of having to attend a picnic with black people, a thought she projects upon all white people.
James Lindsay, a critic of the ideology of critical race theory promoted by DiAngelo, has suggested that DiAngelo projects her own guilt of having racist feelings and projects it onto everyone else.
The Free Beacon noted that "while DiAngelo has made her name demanding that white people stop avoiding difficult conversations, she did not respond to multiple requests for comment."