2020-09-05 16:23:01 UTC
...Trump blasts classes on 'critical race theory' and 'white privilege' as a
'sickness in our country'
*President Trump has demanded federal agencies identify training sessions on
'critical race theory' so that they can stop being subsidized by the taxpayer
*The issue came via a memo released by the White House Office of Management and
Budget on Friday
*Critical race theory specialists argue that all people are inherently racist
and that U.S. government institutions privilege white people
*Trump has called such teachings 'a sickness that cannot be allowed to continue'
*His demand comes following months of Black Lives Matter protests that have led
to a racial reckoning in the United States
President Trump is moving to end racial sensitivity training for federal
government employees, claiming it is 'divisive, anti-American propaganda'.
The Commander-in-chief took to Twitter on Saturday morning confirming he wants
to cancel taxpayer funded seminars on 'critical race theory', describing them as
'a sickness that cannot be allowed to continue'.
His tweet followed the release of a two-page memo sent out by the White House
Office of Management and Budget on Friday, which asked federal agencies to
identify such programs so that they can be purged.
Critical race theory asserts that 'institutions are inherently racist and that
race itself... is a socially constructed concept that is used by white people to
further their economic and political interests at the expense of people of
color', according to Texas A&M University professor Tommy Curry.
The theory - which asserts that all people are racist and that all social
interactions are underpinned by race - is currently in vogue in academia, and
private companies and government agencies have hired specialists to teach their
employees how to dismantle 'white privilege' and actively become anti-racist.
At the demand of President Trump, the Office of Management and Budget now wants
to stop such 'experts' from having any influence on those working in federal
OMB Director Russel Vought writes in the memo: 'Employees across the Executive
Branch have been required to attend training where they are told that "virtually
all White people contribute to racism" or where they are required to say that
they "benefit from racism"'.
He continues: 'These types of "trainings" not only run counter to the
fundamental beliefs for which our Nation has stood since its inception, but they
also engender division and resentment within the Federal workforce.'
Vought subsequently states: 'The President has directed me to ensure that
federal agencies cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund these
divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions.'
The memo then asks agencies to 'identify all contracts or other agency spending
related to any training on critical race theory/ "white privilege", or any
other training or propaganda effort that teaches or suggests either (1) that the
United States is an inherently racist or evil country or (2) that any race or
ethnicity is inherently racist or evil. '
It concludes: 'The President has a proven track record of standing for those
whose voice has long been ignored and who have failed to benefit from all our
country has to offer, and he intends to continue to support all Americans,
regardless of race, religion, or creed.'
The memo comes after a New York Post report in July revealed that 'a private
diversity-consulting firm conducted a training titled "Difficult Conversations
About Race in Troubling Times" for several federal agencies.'
White employees at the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve, the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the
National Credit Union Administration and the Office of the Comptroller were
allegedly asked 'to pledge "allyship" amid the George Floyd Tragedy'.
According to the publication, the training also asserted that 'federal employees
must "struggle to own their racism" and allow safe spaces where black employees
can be "seen in their pain"'.
The training was created by Howard Ross, who has allegedly 'billed the feds more
than $5 million for training since 2006'.
Trump's demands are sure to spark widespread backlash, particularly as they come
following months of Black Lives Matter protest.
Protesters have been calling for an end to systemic racism, which has led many
Americans to reassess the ways in which racial dynamics play out in their
The movement has also sent several books on critical race theory to the top of
the bestseller lists.
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin
DiAngelo is one such tome that has been flying off the shelves.
It asserts that 'white people in North America live in a social environment that
protects and insulates them from race-based stress.'
While DiAngelo has not given seminars to federal employees, she has made a
truckload of cash lecturing to state government workers in Seattle Public
Schools, the City of Oakland, and the Metropolitan Council of Minneapolis,.
The writer has also been paid handsomely for training sessions at Amazon, The
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and The Hollywood Writers Guild.