Donald Trump has ordered the Bureau of Administration and Budget to cut federal anti-racism training courses, calling it “divisive anti-American propaganda.”
OMB director Russell Vought instructed them in a letter to executive agencies Friday to investigate expenses related to training on “critical racial theory,” “white privilege,” or any other material the US or others teach or suggest race or ethnicity is “inherently racist or evil”
The memo comes as the nation faced a reckoning this summer of racial injustices in policing and other areas of American life. Trump spent much of the summer defending the display of the Confederate flag and civil war rebel memorials in front of protesters seeking their removal. Before the elections on November 3rd, he called this a “culture war”.
Meanwhile, he has rejected comments by Democratic candidate Joe Biden and others that there is “systemic racism” in policing and American culture that needs to be addressed.
Vought’s memo cites “press reports” as contributing to Trump’s decision and appears to refer to segments in Fox News and other outlets that sparked conservative outrage over the federal education.
The Vought memo states that additional federal training guidelines are forthcoming, claiming that “the President and his administration are fully committed to the fair and equal treatment of all persons in the United States.”
“The president has demonstrably stood up for those whose voices have long been ignored and who have not benefited from all of our country’s offerings, and he intends to continue to support all Americans regardless of race, religion or creed,” he added divisive, false and degrading propaganda by the Critical Racial Theory movement goes against everything we as Americans stand for and should have no place in the federal government. “