Following the center’s massive layoffs in September, anonymous sources and former and current staff members suggested that there was a “mismatch” between the money taken into CAR and the research produced.
“It’s pretty hard for me to imagine they blew through $30 million in two years,” associate professor Spender Piston told the student newspaper The Daily Free Press at the time. “There’s been a lack of transparency about how much money comes in and how it’s spent from the beginning, which comports with a larger culture of secrecy.”
“There’s a mismatch between the amount of money that CAR has received from these grants and what they’ve actually produced,” an anonymous source added. “You can juxtapose that with other research centers either at BU or other universities that have received a tiny fraction of what CAR has received and has produced a lot more.”
However, an article from BU Today, a university publication, reported Tuesday that “an internal audit, found no issues with how CAR’s finances were handled, showing that its expenditures were appropriately charged to their respective grant and gift accounts.
“Our auditors concluded that CAR’s financial management of its grants and gifts was appropriate,” BU’s chief financial officer and treasurer Gary Nicksa said.
“None of us at the Center for Antiracist Research (CAR) are surprised that auditors found no misappropriation or mismanagement of grants and gifts. As we have said from the beginning, we pivoted to ensure the long-term viability of CAR,” Kendi said in a statement to Fox News Digital.
Kendi has predictably insisted the accusations were a result of racism — because according to Kendi, everything is the result of racism.