by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The Biden administration gave $2 million to a George Soros-backed nonprofit to stop violent crime in Puerto Rico by teaching the island’s young men about “structural racism and toxic masculinities.”
President Joe Biden’s Justice Department in October awarded the lucrative grant to Taller Salud, a “feminist, culturally specific nonprofit organization” in Puerto Rico. The money comes from the department’s Community-Based Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative, which aims to address crime through police alternatives. Taller Salud, which receives funding from liberal billionaire George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, will use the $2 million to further implement its “community violence intervention program,” which includes “public education campaigns” to address “structural racism and toxic masculinities” among Puerto Rican men between the ages of 15 and 30.
This is far from the first time the Biden administration has used taxpayer funds to push progressivism abroad. In May, the U.S. embassy in Brazil announced plans to bankroll English classes for transgender activists. In the Middle East, meanwhile, Biden’s State Department initiated a multimillion-dollar effort to teach Iraqis about gender studies. The Biden administration has also funded podcasts in foreign nations intended to push listeners to the left, including one in India focused on climate change.
The Biden-backed program will specifically train a “minimum of 40 young males” annually on “violence interruption” and “conflict mediation,” among other practices. The program places an emphasis on eradicating “structural racism” and street violence by hosting “cultural activities,” including mural painting, according to Taller Salud’s website.
The nonprofit has no shortage of fiscal supporters. In addition to Soros’s Open Society Foundations, its site touts funding from Planned Parenthood and Grantmakers for Girls of Color, a group that invests in the “liberation” of “girls, femmes, and gender-expansive youth of Color.” Still, the Biden administration grant will pay the nonprofit handsomely for its toxic masculinity training.