The City of Austin has contracted the services of a systemic racism training group for $10,000 per day for instruction of the Austin Police Department (APD) as part of its “reimagining” of police initiative.The contract with Joyce James Consulting (JJC) may be extended for up to five years and is not to exceed $2.9 million in total payment. In total, the contract provides for 58 days of consultation by JJC in the first year.
Founded by Joyce James, a former Associate Deputy Executive Commissioner of the Center for the Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities of the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, JJC provides “an interactive, revolutionary exploration into how systems of racism work.”
With critical race theory (CRT) serving as a foundation, trainings such as JJC’s are aimed at instilling an “anti-racist” underpinning within institutions and those who constitute them. CRT is a branch of the broader “critical theory” doctrine, and this branch specifically purports that racism is intrinsic in societal structures rather than simply interpersonal.