MADISON, Wis. – A new report reveals the annual White Privilege Conference – regularly promoted by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction – is costing the state’s taxpayers a lot of green.

At least one black civil rights leader referred to the conference organizers as “extremists” and called the event a “useless” waste of taxpayer money.

According to Wisconsin Reporter, taxpayers are unwittingly spending tens of thousands of dollars to send various educators, government employees and K-12 students to the four-day conference where they’ll learn how “to dismantle the (American) system of ‘white supremacy, white privilege and oppression’” in order to create “a more equitable world.”

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Nobody can say for certain how much taxpayers are paying to help make the conference happen, as tax dollars are being spent through various grants, registration fees and sponsorship deals. Wisconsin Reporter says the grand total is at least $20,000, though the final figure will probably never be known.

Madison Area Technical College is a White Privilege Conference sponsor to the tune of $3,000. MATC official Malika Evanco defended the expenditure as a wise “investment.”

“When one considers the purpose of this conference and its potential impact, this is not a fleeting expense,” Evanco told Wisconsin Reporter. “It’s an investment that will pay dividends over time.”

The sad fact is that Evanco is probably right. The conference will sow a lot of anti-American seeds in the minds of young attendees. Some of them will probably become lifelong critics of free-market capitalism and advocates for policies that create tension and resentment between the races.

That’s why critics are blasting the decision to spend even a single tax dollar on the offensive and divisive White Privilege Conference – which happens to be its own private corporation, the Wisconsin Reporter notes. (Looks like the leftists have found a form of corporate welfare they like.)

Niger Innis, a spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality, called the conference’s mission “useless” and a misuse of taxpayer money, but defended the activists’ right to meet.

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“The First Amendment allows Nazis and white extremists to do what they’re going to do, and it allows for black extremists and all other types of extremists to do what they are going to do,” Innis told the news group. “I understand that and I’m not opposed to that. But I am opposed to using other people’s money – taxpayer money – for this useless agenda.”

If the group is serious about improving the lives of minorities, Innis says they should focus on curtailing the power of the teacher unions that undermine meaningful education reforms that help black and brown students.

“You want to really do something? Educate a black kid. Give parents and students an opportunity to go to a private, parochial or a good public school,” Innis said.

Some 2,500 individuals are expected to attend the conference, which begins today.