Staggering amount of Biden’s American Rescue Plan funds went to ‘anti-racism,’ ‘social activism’ programs for kids

President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, via a federal agency that supports libraries and museums, reportedly funneled $15 million to programs that promote so-called “anti-racist” education and “social activism” for children.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced in October that it would send $15,255,733 in American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act project grants “to institutions across 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to support the role of museums and libraries in recovering from the coronavirus pandemic,” according to Fox News.

The statement sounds noble until you look at how the money was actually spent. A review allegedly showed that many of the projects the money was sent to used it to indoctrinate students using “anti-racist” education and “social activism.” The projects had next to nothing to do with COVID recovery efforts.

The Rochester Museum and Science Center in New York was the recipient of $49,632 that was spent on a field trip for third-grade students that would “utilize the ‘Take It Down’ exhibit, which tells the story of a community-led effort to remove racist artwork from a historic carousel, as a tool for anti-racism education.” Again, that has nothing to do with “recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.”

Biden didn’t mention those funds but did promote tutoring for children during the summer.

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts also received $43,400 to train guides to “incorporate greater cultural fluency and responsiveness into their tours using an anti-racist lens,” and to “introduce new tour topics for school audiences” regarding “social-emotional learning, identity, empathy, and social activism,” according to the agency’s website. That’s a far cry from “tutoring.”

The site also promotes that the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was gifted $50,000 to promote “equity, diversity, and inclusion-focused STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs for pre-K through 12th-grade students in the greater Harrisburg area.”

The Brooklyn Museum was handed $50,000 to bring into being an “intensive arts education curricula” for underserved schools and to push “content that addresses history and art through an anti-racist lens.”

These are ARP-funded grants. And while some of them were not really directed at children, they seemed to be very political in nature and had little to do with pandemic recovery.

For instance, the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, was rewarded $50,000 to build a 9-foot bronze statue in Marcus Garvey Park that “addresses black masculinity, stereotypes and shared diasporic experiences.”

Northwest Mississippi Community College also held its hand out for $33,000 to create campus “safe spaces” that address “post-pandemic stress, racial injustice, diversity/inclusion, and resilience.”

The Anchorage Museum in Alaska accepted $50,000 to hire a “programmatic staff member to collaborate with and support communities of color and LGBTQ communities, as well as a curator to work with communities on climate change and climate justice.”

The woke spending goes on and on. According to Fox News, “Historic New England in Boston received $49,750 to hire a curatorial fellow to help ‘amplify marginalized voices and represent a complete history of the region,’ as well as to catalog and digitize ‘A Time to Remember,’ the nonprofit’s collecting initiative documenting the impacts of the Black Lives Matter movement and the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The American Rescue Plan was touted by Democrats in 2021 when it was passed as an economic necessity for getting the country through the pandemic. Biden called it essential but in the end, it appears much of the money has gone towards a leftist political agenda and not helping rebuild after the pandemic.

“We need Congress to pass my American Rescue Plan that deals with the immediate crisis — the urgency,” the president claimed in March of 2021. “Now, critics say my plan is too big, that it costs $1.9 trillion. So that’s too much. Well, let me ask them: What would they have me cut? What would they have me leave out?”

After massive inflation hit the nation and continues to spiral out of control, the ARP is being scrutinized on how it has contributed to that state of affairs. A number of economists are actually blaming it for the inflation, including former Obama administration economic advisers.

In the statement to Fox News Digital, the IMLS claimed the grants were awarded “to support the vital programs and services libraries, museums, federally recognized tribes, and nonprofit organizations serving Native Hawaiians provide to their communities.”

“IMLS helps museums and libraries to connect, and sustain meaningful relationships, with their communities,” the statement added. “Museums and libraries provide communities with essential services and access to all kinds of health, job, government, educational, social, and cultural resources. These awards enabled museums and libraries to remain strong and relevant community institutions by responding to the challenging issues facing their communities resulting from the pandemic.”

“These major institutions maintain the highest professional standards and have long traditions of engaging with their communities,” it concluded. “They are respected for the work they do in, and for, the community including presenting topics that are not only important but sometimes difficult.”

An audit of the ARP has been called for by Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC).

“Like an out-of-control firehose, the federal government has been spewing trillions of dollars under the guise of COVID relief, without any real guardrails or oversight,” he told Fox News Digital. “I don’t care how long it takes – we need a top-down audit on how every dollar of the American Rescue Plan has been spent. Any individual or organization who utilized these funds ought to be able to provide a thorough defense of their decisions. And anyone who spent ARP dollars outside the letter or spirit of that law must be held to account.”

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