The Trump administration is halting “critical racial theory” training in federal agencies, and White House officials are calling it “anti-American propaganda”.
“This is a disease that can’t go on,” tweeted President Trump. “Please report any sightings so we can erase them quickly!”
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Russ Vought, director of the Office of Management and Budget, wrote a memo informing the agencies of Trump’s instruction to stop controversial forms of training for “critical racial theory,”
“It has struck the President that executive agencies have so far spent millions of dollars” training “government employees to believe divisive anti-American propaganda,” Vought wrote in the memo to federal officials.
Vought cited reports from executive staff tutored in the classroom – to educate staff about “white privileges” and other concepts – that “virtually all whites contribute to racism” and that it is racist to believe America is a country the opportunity.
“This type of ‘training’ not only contradicts the core beliefs our nation has stood for since its inception, it also creates divisions and resentment within the federal workforce,” Vought said.
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The move comes after the Discovery Institute researcher Christopher Rufo told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that “critical race theory” has become the standard ideology of the federal government.
Rufo pointed out some of his own findings, including that Sandia National Laboratories – who design nuclear weapons – were holding a mandatory retreat called “White Men’s Caucus to Eradicate Racism, Sexism and Homophobia in Organizations.”
A training document received from Rufo listed a number of “examples of white male culture”. These included “golf,” “quick decisions,” “confident,” “risk-taking,” “brave,” and other attributes that were “generated by the participants” in the document notes.
In July, the federally created National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) saw a wave of backlash when it released a graphic linking things like nuclear family and “decision-making” to whiteness. The museum later removed the artwork.
Rufo claims to have found cases of similar training on a long list of federal agencies, including the FBI.
Proponents of the training say it can help the government remove biases in areas like federal procurement. ME Hart, an attorney who has conducted diversity training for businesses and the federal government, told the Washington Post that it can also improve morale, collaboration, and efficiency.
“If we are to keep this nation’s promise – ‘We take these truths for granted that all human beings are created equal’ – we have to see ourselves as human beings and do everything it takes, including the courses that make it possible,” said Hart der Post Office. “These classes have made it very possible for people to do this, and we need them more than ever. There is danger here. “
In his memo, Vought warned that the training “seeks to undercut our core values as Americans and to fuel division within our workforce.”
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“The president has directed me to see that federal agencies stop using taxpayers’ money to fund these un-American propaganda training courses,” he said.
Vought told managers that OMB would be issuing more guidance soon, but in the meantime, the agencies are expected to identify all expenses for such training, the ability to terminate contracts and move money away from them.
Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report.