New Report Reveals UT Austin Scholar Wrote for White Supremacist Publications

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A right-wing scholar employed by UT Austin’s business school used a pen name to write for white supremacist publications, according to recent reporting in the Huffington Post.

An Aug. 4 HuffPo piece claims that Richard Hanania, a visiting scholar at the school’s right-wing-donor-funded Salem Center since March of last year, wrote articles under the pseudonym “Richard Hoste” in the 2010s which championed eugenics and claimed, among other things, that Black people are incapable of governing themselves.

The Chronicle’s requests for comment from the Red McCombs School of Business were unreturned as of Wednesday afternoon. However, a visit to his bio page on the Salem Center website found that it had been disabled. HuffPo reports that two days after publication of its story, Hanania wrote on Substack that, “it’s been revealed that over a decade ago I held many beliefs that, as my current writing makes clear, I now find repulsive.”

The question is, how repulsive? Hanania has become a right-wing star revered by billionaires like Elon Musk by attacking “wokeness,” writing that feminists and trans people are “wrong about everything and bad for society,” and that “we need more policing, incarceration, and surveillance of black people.”

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