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  • The Trump administration earlier this month ordered federal government agencies to cancel or divert funds away from any contracts for training sessions that included concepts such as white privilege or critical race theory.
  • “A few weeks ago, I BANNED efforts to indoctrinate government employees with divisive and harmful sex and race-based ideologies,” Trump tweeted Tuesday.
  • “Today, I’ve expanded that ban to people and companies that do business with our Country, the United States Military, Government Contractors, and Grantees. Americans should be taught to take PRIDE in our Great Country, and if you don’t, there’s nothing in it for you!” he said.

President Trump this week signed an executive order to expand a ban on racial sensitivity and diversity training to the U.S. military, government contractors and federal grantees. 

The order signed by the president Tuesday comes after his administration ordered federal agencies to halt diversity training programs. The order signed by Trump in early September directed federal government agencies to cancel or divert funds away from any contracts for training sessions that included white privilege or critical race theory. 


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“A few weeks ago, I BANNED efforts to indoctrinate government employees with divisive and harmful sex and race-based ideologies,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. 

“Today, I’ve expanded that ban to people and companies that do business with our Country, the United States Military, Government Contractors, and Grantees. Americans should be taught to take PRIDE in our Great Country, and if you don’t, there’s nothing in it for you!” he said. 

The order now requires contracts to include a provision that says contractors with the federal government will not have “workplace training that inculcates in its employees any form of race or sex stereotyping or any form of race or sex scapegoating.”

“Instructors and materials teaching that men and members of certain races, as well as our most venerable institutions, are inherently sexist and racist are appearing in workplace diversity trainings across the country, even in components of the Federal Government and among Federal contractors,” the executive order says. 

The order bans the teaching of concepts such as one race or sex is superior, that the U.S. is fundamentally racist or sexist, that an individual is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive whether consciously or unconsciously among others. 

Meanwhile, Trump last week said he plans to create a commission to promote “patriotic education” in U.S. schools, in what he dubbed the “1776 Commission.” The idea stands in contrast to The New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning “1619 Project,” which traces the history and legacy of slaves in the U.S. 

The push against such training programs by the Trump administration comes as the U.S. is in the midst of a racial reckoning following the deaths of Black Americans at the hands of police. Widespread protests have hit American cities for months following the May 25 death of George Floyd, bringing the issues of racial inequality and police brutality in the U.S. to the forefront of the national conversation. 


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Published on Sep 24, 2020