President Donald Trump has ordered federal agencies to stop racial sensitivity training that addresses topics such as critical race theory and white privilege, calling them “divisive, anti-American propaganda.”
Russell Vought, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, sent a letter to federal agencies Friday, stating that President Trump has become aware of these racial sensitivity programs that typically discuss action to combat systemic racism and encourage conversations about race. The letter directed agencies to identify all spending relating to training on material that suggests the United States or any race or ethnicity is “inherently racist or evil.” Vought also urged agencies “to cancel any such contracts and/or to divert Federal dollars away from these unAmerican propaganda training sessions” through legal courses of action.
Vought’s memo cited “press reports” of training sessions where government employees were allegedly told that “virtually all white people contribute to racism” and that the training contributes to racial divisions. The letter states that new federal guidance on training sessions is forthcoming, adding that the President and his Administration are “fully committed to the fair and equal treatment of all individuals in the United States.”
This directive comes as the national spotlight has been focused on racial issues like police injustice. Many in Trump’s inner circle and conservative spheres have been calling for the complete removal of racial sensitivity programs.
Chris Rufo, director of the Center on Wealth and Poverty at the conservative Discovery Institute, argued for the immediate removal of such programs on Fox News this week. Rufo told Tucker Carlson, an anchor on the news station, “What I have discovered is that critical race theory has become, in essence, the default ideology of the federal bureaucracy and is now being weaponized against the American people.”
President Trump retweeted Rufo’s appearance, insinuating the end of these programs by responding “Not anymore!” to a tweet calling critical race theory the “greatest threat to western civilization and it’s made its way into the US federal government”. In another tweet, President Trump called critical race theory “a sickness that cannot be allowed to continue.”