WASHINGTON (PNN) - September 6, 2020 - President Donald 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 seeks to stop such experts from having any influence on those working in federal institutions.
OMB Director Russel Vought wrote 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.’
“These 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,” wrote Vought.Vought subsequently stated, “The president has directed me to ensure that federal agencies cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund these divisive, un-Amerikan 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 Fascist Police States of Amerika 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 Amerikans, 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.”
According to the publication, the training 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 billed the federal government more than $5 million for training since 2006.