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Critical Race Theory Training Canceled: President Trump is moving to revamp federal agencies’ racial sensitivity training, casting some of them as “divisive” and “un-American,” according to the Washington Post, citing a memo by the White House Office of Management and Budget. “In the two-page memo, OMB Director Russell Vought says Trump has asked him to prevent federal agencies from spending millions in taxpayer dollars on these training sessions. Vought says OMB will instruct federal agencies to come up with a list of all contracts related to training sessions involving ‘white privilege’ or ‘critical race theory,’ and do everything possible within the law to cancel those contracts, the memo states. The memo, released on Friday, also tells all federal agencies to identify and if possible cancel contracts that involve teaching that America is an ‘inherently racist or evil country.’” Here’s what both sides are saying about the memo:
On the Right: Greg Gutfeld of Fox News says that, “Trump is right to expel this toxin from the workplace.” Gutfeld says, “…once again, the big orange meanie does something no one had the guts to do before: eradicate a punitive ideology, that ruins businesses and lives — and it’s one that you pay for! It’s a disease borne from the hateful halls of leftwing academia — Critical Race Theory (CRT) undermines the positive core beliefs of America by redefining the nation as an engine of oppression. This leads to discord in schools, families, and now work. And what you’re seeing on America’s city streets are its results. Starting on campus, then leaking into unconscious bias training at work — culminating in infantile rioters who use this ideology to justify violence. Do you wonder why these clones accost people at restaurants? They’ve been brainwashed to think you’re ‘unconsciously racist’ and they’re going to wake you up. ‘Unconsciously racist’ means even when you say you aren’t racist, the response is, ‘Well, you just aren’t conscious of it.’ That’s a cult. Let’s hope this bravery spreads. The survival of our country depends on it.”
On the Left: Zaneta Salde Encarnacion and Janelle Williams Melendrez of the San Diego Union Tribune write that “Trump’s ban on diversity training is misguided. The training is neither divisive nor un-American.” In their joint piece, Encarnacion and Melendrez begin with a few questions: “When we study the Jewish Holocaust and the systems created to terminate an entire group of people based on race, is this divisive or is it critical knowledge to ensure history does not repeat itself?…Did our founding fathers falter in creating a country that was truly equitable for all? Yes..” Encarnacion and Melendrez write. “This is widely known and undebatable. We have learned how our nation was built, from the onset, on the backs of enslaved Africans on land stolen from Indigenous people who were here long before our founding fathers. Encarnacion and Melendrez continue, saying that “Every person plays a role in [either] perpetuating or dismantling systems of oppression and White supremacy.” Without these trainings, Encarnacion and Melendrez believe that “we are unable to be effective in our roles without a clear understanding of the complexity and pervasiveness of this issue.”
Flag This: According to Britannica, “Critical race theory (CRT), [is] the view that the law and legal institutions are inherently racist and that race itself, instead of being biologically grounded and natural, 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 critical race theory, “racial inequality emerges from the social, economic, and legal differences that white people create between ‘races’ to maintain elite white interests in labor markets and politics, giving rise to poverty and criminality in many minority communities. The CRT movement officially organized itself in 1989, at the first annual Workshop on Critical Race Theory, though its intellectual origins go back much further, to the 1960s and ’70s.” Britannica also notes that “critical race theory has spread beyond the confines of legal studies to many other fields, notably women’s and gender studies, education, American studies, and sociology. CRT spin-off movements formed by Asian American, Latinx, and LGBTQ scholars have also taken hold.” One of the more thought-provoking listens on Critical Race Theory, and more, is from the The Joe Rogan Experience, Episode #1501, during which host Joe Rogan speaks with James Lindsay, an author, mathematician, and political commentator. Click here to listen.