This Thursday, April 6, 2017 photo shows Old Main on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, Ariz. The University of Arizona has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding over the past two decades from a foundation infamous for promoting research linking race and intelligence. Records reviewed by The Associated Press show a psychology professor on the Tucson campus has received money from the Maryland-based Pioneer Fund even after other universities and organizations, including white nationalist groups, stopped receiving its support. (Ron Medvescek/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

APNewsBreak: University accepted $458K from eugenics fund

August 24, 2018 - 5:07 pm

The University of Arizona has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding over the past 16 years from a foundation infamous for promoting research linking race and intelligence.

Records reviewed by The Associated Press show a psychology professor on the Tucson campus has received money from the Maryland-based Pioneer Fund even after other universities and organizations, including white nationalist groups, stopped receiving its support.

The Pioneer Fund has promoted eugenics and financially supported "race scientists" who maintain blacks are intellectually inferior to whites.

Professor Jose Aurelio Figueredo says he has disavowed eugenics and doesn't believe in the concept of racial inferiority.

University spokesman Chris Sigurdson says faculty members are generally responsible for selecting funding sources, and the university can't engage in "viewpoint discrimination" in accepting grant money.

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