President Donald Trump has once more used the power of his office to make a radical change to standing policies, but this latest move has undertones of dictator-like control. The former business mogul has ordered an end to federal funding for antiracism training, calling the instruction of “critical race theory” and “white privilege” as anti-American.
CNN reported Friday (Sept. 4) on a White House memo that went wide explaining the elimination of federal agencies holding racial sensitivity training, declaring within that the training sessions are “divisive, anti-American propaganda.”
Russell Vought, director of the Office of Management and Budget, wrote the following:
It has come to the President’s attention that Executive Branch agencies have spent millions of taxpayer dollars to date “training” government workers to believe divisive, anti-American propaganda. For example, according to press reports, employees across the Executive Branch have been required to attend trainings where they are told that “virtually all White people contribute to racism” or where they are required to say that they “benefit from racism.”
According to press reports, in some cases these training have further claimed that there is racism embedded in the belief that America is the land of opportunity or the belief that the most qualified person should receive a job.
The memo goes on to cite that the training sessions “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.”
Sounds a lot like the president’s administration’s entire legacy, which as we should artfully note was sparked via division and “Make American Great Again” Trumpism.
As it stands, Twitter is sniffing the jig while some on the right are applauding this wholly “American” stance to do away with all that progressive mumbo-jumbo despite all the evidence pointing to the other end. We’ve got those reactions below.
Critical race theory helps contextualize how systemic racism affects us. Trump and his party perpetuate systemic racism, but pretend that it doesn’t exist. Of course he wants “sightings” of CRT reported. This is white supremacy trying to cover its tracks. https://t.co/3rYsjb1xAM— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) September 5, 2020
This morning Trump spent an hour retweeting over 10 White men, who praised him for cutting funding for programs which examine and teach Critical Race Theory and the idea of "White Privilege".— NFTsDaily.com (@HKrassenstein) September 5, 2020
He doesn't think it exists, because he's White, privileged & RACIST#TrumpIsALoser
Critical Race Theory examines society/culture as it relates to race, law, and power to attempt to understand how victims of systemic racism are affected and are able to represent themselves to counter prejudice.— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) September 5, 2020
It was not a fluke that he just used "extinguish." https://t.co/vL00KaZYBC
The president posted 19 tweets or retweets about “critical race theory” before 10 am DC time this morning. #HavingANormalOne— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 5, 2020
Yet another very important difference between @realDonaldTrump and #BeijingBiden. Thank you mr president for understanding the destructive power of Critical Race Theory. It is another poison ☠️ from— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) September 5, 2020
the demonic mind of Karl Marx. Schools next? https://t.co/1jx7kA0PzP
What is Critical Race Theory?— drwatson (@terrinwatson) September 5, 2020
CRT is a tool used to expose the impact of racism. CRT acknowledges the permanence of racism and insists that we always fight against it. CRT was born in the mind of the civil rights activist, legal scholar, and professor, Derrick Bell (1930 – 2011).
This week's Friday night massacre involves critical race theory and anti-racism trainings. Trump says it's time to "cease and desist..these divisive, anti-American propaganda."— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) September 5, 2020
We fail as a nation when we choose to BAN discussions about ongoing racism and violent white supremacy pic.twitter.com/cyiDNJdxKU
I know it’s not the point (racism is the point of course) but these people really have zero idea what Critical Race Theory is...of all the work on race I’m mildly curious as to how they got there.— Imani Perry (@imaniperry) September 5, 2020
Last month, I asked for an investigation of taxpayer funding of “critical race theory” in federal agencies - last night, @realDonaldTrump ended it across the government. This divisive, Marxist-inspired nonsense shouldn’t receive a single taxpayer dime https://t.co/3DcUuuE5Y5— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) September 5, 2020
Give him a wittle pat on the head.
On Tuesday, I called on the President to abolish critical race theory in the federal government. Tonight, he delivered.— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) September 5, 2020
This executive action is the first successful counterattack against critical race theory in American history.
Tonight, we celebrate; tomorrow, back to war.⚔️ https://t.co/W11n933geR
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A Twitter search on “critical race theory” shows thousands of racists coming out of the woodwork and swarming like cockroaches.— Vote Blue in 2022 (@jwhoopes2) September 5, 2020
The Trump regime, with help from rightwing think-tanks, just opened a new front in its war to perpetuate white supremacy, attempting to eliminate critical race theory wherever they can...essentially making it "un-American" to acknowledge systemic racism. https://t.co/IWRoaxJ40x— Spek (@spekulation) September 5, 2020
Of course the Racist in Chief ordered a ban on federal agencies conducting training on "critical race theory," & "white privilege.” They’d have to devote at least 5 chapters to Trump alone.— Bleeding Heart Liberal Marine (@BleedingMarine) September 5, 2020
Man. Did you see Trump calling on people to report any suspected uses of CRT or teaching on “white privilege”? Insofar as I he’s calling on citizens to hunt for unpatriotic ideas and report them to the feds, there’s some kind of parallel here, even if you have criticisms of crt.— 𝐎. 𝐀𝐥𝐚𝐧 𝐍𝐨𝐛𝐥𝐞 (@TheAlanNoble) September 5, 2020
Trump says that diversity and racial sensitivity training angers and divide Americans with the acknowledgement that white privilege exists. The only Americans whom the acknowledgement and dismantlement of white privilege would anger and divide is white americans.— Joseph L. Wilson (@JosephLWilson) September 5, 2020
Trump to eliminate antiracism training—featuring “critical race theory” & discussions of “white privilege,” comes amid a nationwide reckoning on racial injustice.— Jennifer Linn (@JenniferLinn17) September 5, 2020
We have a WHITE SUPREMACIST as President of the United States. https://t.co/vlI4Tn65eD
I wonder how many people who are currently thrilled about @realDonaldTrump defunding courses including “critical race theory” or the term “white privilege” ever actually took one of those courses. My guess is, not many at all. The answer to unrest is not less critical thought.— Zatanna Zor-Elle (@ZatannaZorElle) September 5, 2020