A US State Department cable, obtained by Reuters, shows “all training programs for employees related to diversity and inclusion” have been halted after President Trump directed the federal agency in September to end the programs.
“Beginning Friday, October 23, 2020, the Department is temporarily pausing all training programs related to diversity and inclusion in accordance with Executive Order … on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping,” the cable said.
“The pause will allow time for the Department and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to review program content,” it said.
Reuters said the order comes nearly two months after a White House Office of Management and Budget’s memo advised federal agencies that taxpayer dollars were no longer allowed to fund “un-American propaganda sessions” that taught critical race theory, white privilege, and or “taught that the United States is an inherently racist or evil” country.
The days of taxpayer funded indoctrination trainings that sow division and racism are over. Under the direction of @POTUS we are directing agencies to halt critical race theory trainings immediately.https://t.co/dyMeJka9rt
— Russ Vought (@RussVought45) September 4, 2020
Trump signed the executive order suspending the diversity training program on September 22. The order forbids any teaching by federal agencies of “divisive concepts,” implying that the US is “fundamentally racist or sexist.”
President @realDonaldTrump just signed an Executive Order to prohibit discrimination by Federal contractors through divisive #CriticalRaceTheory. This is another important step that builds off his directive to agencies to stop trainings that push a radical anti-American agenda. https://t.co/vAAYYKO7Hu
— Russ Vought (@RussVought45) September 22, 2020
And the move to stop the spread of diversity training doesn’t just stop with the Trump administration. The UK’s equalities minister has warned schools against teaching some aspects of critical race theory.
MP Kemi Badenoch said the rise of critical race theory was a “dangerous trend in race relations.”
“We do not want to see teachers teaching their white pupils about white privilege and inherited racial guilt,” she said.
“Any school which teaches these elements of critical race theory or which promotes partisan political views such as defunding the police, without offering a balanced treatment of opposing views, is breaking the law.”
Notably, Badendoch also warned against importing the rhetoric on race from America.
“Our history of race is not America’s history of race. Most black British people who have come to our shores were not brought here in chains, but came voluntarily due to their connections to the UK and in search of a better life. I should know. I am one of them.
But, as Tucker Carlson recently discussed, the ideology is nothing but “divisive,” reiterating President Trump’s recent warning that “this ideology is rooted in the pernicious and false belief that America is an irredeemably racist and sexist country; that some people, simply on account of their race or sex, are oppressors; and that racial and sexual identities are more important than our common status as human beings and Americans.”