Activist Who Helped End DEI Policies at UNC Medical and Harvard Sets His Sights on Congress

Evan Poellinger | September 11, 2023
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Anti-Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) activist Kenny Xu has decided to run for Congress, and is placing his opposition to DEI policies at the center of his platform.

As reported by Fox News, Xu, who has previously launched successful campaigns against DEI at the University of North Carolina Medical School and Harvard University, has wanted to incorporate the lessons he learned from his campaign into action at the congressional level.

Discussing his decision to run for congressional off, the Republican has argued that “education funding needs to be tied to outcomes,” which heavily contrasts with how the $112 billion in funding by the Biden administration, that was ostensibly to be used for reopening schools, instead went to support “‘implicit bias’ and ‘anti-racism’ training.” To Xu, this meant that “public schools are failing minority children and gifted children of any race by focusing on Critical Race Theory (CRT) and DEI rather than higher academic standards.”

Beyond opposing CRT and DEI, Xu has also expressed a desire to put an end to affirmative action-style diversity quotas for businesses contracting with the federal government since, as with DEI, these policies “reward victimhood.” “People in corporations should be promoted and hired based on the results that they deliver,” Xu says.

Xu may face an uphill battle in his run for congressional office in North Carolina’s second district, however, which has historically been a Blue (majority-Democrat constituency) district. Nonetheless, Xu may gain an advantage due to redistricting in a state that already has a conservative-majority supreme court.

Ultimately, Xu’s goal is to instill merit-based policies, once he proves his merit to the voters of North Carolina’s second congressional district.