NASA has invited left-wing author and Boston University historian Ibram X. Kendi to speak with its employees via video conference about how to identify and "dismantle" racism.
Through an email obtained by The Daily Wire, NASA informed employees of Kendi's lecture with the subject line, "Understand Anti-racism by Understanding What it Means to be Racist."
"The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it — and then dismantle it. That is the essence of anti-racism: the action that must follow both emotional and intellectual awareness of racism," the email reads, quoting Kendi.
The Daily Wire reached out to the contact listed in the email to confirm the authenticity of the announcement. After failing to answer questions concerning the event, the representative hung up the phone.
NASA later sent a formal statement to the publication.
"NASA is committed to a culture of diversity and inclusion, where all employees feel welcome, respected, connected, and engaged. The presentation by Dr. Kendi is being made available to NASA employees as part of ongoing efforts to engage in a dialogue about diversity and inclusion and follows the recent announcement of inclusion as one of NASA's core values, which will enable NASA to attract the best talent, grow the capabilities of the entire workforce, and empower everyone to fully contribute. Attendance at the event is not mandatory," the statement read.
Kendi's bestselling book "How To Be Antiracist" argues that it is "not enough for Americans to be not racist," Ben Shapiro wrote in a rebuttal to the book, but that "any system that ends with different outcomes must be racist."
? Kendi's lecture comes on the heels of NASA's announcement that it is reexamining "certain cosmic nicknames [that] are not only insensitive but can be actively harmful," including the "Eskimo Nebula" and the "Siamese Twins Galaxy."