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Trump Expands Ban on Federal Funding of ‘Critical Race Theory’

Trump Expands Ban on Federal Funding of ‘Critical Race Theory’

A second Executive Order in about as many weeks declares that your federal tax dollars will no longer support racist “anti-racist” programming.

On Tuesday, September 22, President Donald Trump signed a second executive order tackling the spread of ‘Critical Race Theory‘ ideology within federal institutions.

The first of the two EOs, signed on September 4, takes aim at federal employee sensitivity trainings using a ‘Critical Race Theory’ curriculum; the President issued the initial EO forbidding federal funding of such trainings after journalist Christopher Rufo exposed the role of CRT in workshops at federal nuclear labs—wherein White male employees were reportedly taught that “virtually all White people contribute to racism” simply by dint of their whiteness.

As summarized by the Office of Management and Budget, the September 4 EO directs “all agencies”:

…to begin to identify all contracts or other agency spending related to any training on “critical race theory,” “white privilege,” or any other training or propaganda effort that teaches or suggests either (1) that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country or (2) that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil. In addition, all agencies should begin to identify all available avenues within the law to cancel any such contracts and/or to divert Federal dollars away from these unAmerican propaganda training sessions.

Earlier this week the President broadened that mandate by extending the CRT-funding ban to the entire federal government, military, government contractors, and government grantees.

Trump’s latest EO cites multiple examples of how the use of Critical Race Theory has helped to actually promote racism in federal institutions:

Training materials from Argonne National Laboratories, a Federal entity, stated that racism “is interwoven into every fabric of America” and described statements like “color blindness” and the “meritocracy” as “actions of bias.”

Materials from Sandia National Laboratories, also a Federal entity, for non-minority males stated that an emphasis on “rationality over emotionality” was a characteristic of “white male[s],” and asked those present to “acknowledge” their “privilege” to each other.

A Smithsonian Institution museum graphic recently claimed that concepts like “[o]bjective, rational linear thinking,” “[h]ard work” being “the key to success,” the “nuclear family,” and belief in a single god are not values that unite Americans of all races but are instead “aspects and assumptions of whiteness.” The museum also stated that “[f]acing your whiteness is hard and can result in feelings of guilt, sadness, confusion, defensiveness, or fear.”

(See a piece of the Smithsonian discussion in question—published by the National Museum of African American History and Culture—below. We discussed the bizarre graphic in our July post Who said this? Signs of “Whiteness” Are Rugged Individualism, Nuclear Family, Scientific Method, and Work Ethic?, and we also noted when the museum removed the chart due to widespread backlash against it.

Ignoring these examples, critics of Trump’s Critical Race Theory EOs have framed them as measures that aim to prevent any sort of “diversity training” or acknowledgement of “the existence of racism and privilege” whatsoever.

But, ultimately, neither of the EOs discourage broad diversity trainings or workshops that discuss racism and inequity; they simply specify that the federal government should not fund programs built around the particular (and particularly toxic) intellectual framework of CRT. Moreover, any federally funded institution that is still interested in running CRT programs may still do so; it simply will then have to raise its own money via private donors, as many other organizations across the political spectrum have done for decades.

We should absolutely examine our nation’s history critically, and acknowledge the continuing damaging legacy of condemnable, racist institutions such as Jim Crow and chattel slavery. But we can do exactly that—and even investigate concepts such as privilege and power—without demonizing others based solely on their race or ethnicity.


Samantha Mandeles is Senior Researcher and Outreach Director at the Legal Insurrection Foundation.


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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | September 25, 2020 at 9:13 pm


It’s a start.

    n.n in reply to irv. | September 25, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    Separation of Progressives’ Pro-Choice Church (e.g. Twilight Amendment, political congruence (“=”) or selective exclusion, diversity and affirmative discrimination dogma, Fetal-Americans and other 1/2 Americans/People/Posterity) and State. Baby steps.

Universities can still offer the training but I don’t think it will be a simple matter of outside funding.

If it truly forbids expenditure of federal funds then:

1. Where will the training be held? Universities are going to be hard pressed to prove that operating and maintenance funds for physical infrastructure are not co mingled with federal dollars.

2. Universities having to ask for outside private funds. Alumni at many institutions won’t be pleased to receive that appeal nor happy the University is continuing to promote this ideological indoctrination.

3. They will likely have issues attempting to mandate the training as lawsuits mount for violating civil rights act requirements.

4. Public institutions have politically appointed Boards. Those Trustees are going to be questioned in red states as to what actual oversight they conduct. The governors hold some sway as do state legislatures.

IMO, this is an initial step towards reclaiming the Universities from the ideologues. Hopefully with r sweep in November, legislation can be passed.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to CommoChief. | September 26, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Offer is one thing, requiring mandatory attendance, and that is what they have been doing, is quite another, and is not acceptable.

This is so long overdue. This poisonous and corrosive idiocy has spread like a cancer, throughout schools, businesses and government.

POTUS really deserves credit, here, for having the courage to uproot the Dhimmi-crats’ entrenched and fallacious racial grievance narratives. The battle has only begun — this crap has had decades to fester and spread.


    It’s not ‘idiocy’. It’s working.

    The idiocy is our allowing it to have infested our system in the first place. We kept electing and re-electing corrupt bums like boehner, mccain, romney and the like.

    There’s no going back from a Donald J. Trump. Who do we have on the bench. I’d say Pompeo.

Excellent. This is what Executive Orders are for—to control the day-to-day business of anything which is part of the Executive branch.

But while it’s never too late to begin correcting long-standing abuses and crimes, I don’t think this can do much good as it stands. The people who perverted government with this stuff are still there and still thinking of further perversions.

Good. Diversity (i.e. color judgment), not limited to racism, denies individual dignity, denies individual conscience, normalizes color blocs, color quotas, and affirmative discrimination. It is a dogmatic theme of the Progressive Church under the ostensibly “secular” Pro-Choice, selective, opportunistic, politically congruent (“=”) quasi-religion (“ethics”). While not quite a wicked solution (e.g. selective-child), it follows with asymptotic progress.

University of Utah… A progressive institution. Diversity (e.g. racism) breeds adversity. They need to lose their Pro-Choice quasi-religion (“ethics”) and discover principles: individual dignity, intrinsic value, inordinate worth.

    n.n in reply to n.n. | September 25, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    I note them because of Google ads on this page.

    frysauce in reply to n.n. | September 26, 2020 at 12:12 am

    As someone who may or may not be a student there, I will emphasize there is little reason for me to stray from the STEM side of campus.

    In order to enroll this semester, they required students to say that masks are good and warned that even casually referring to the wuhan coronavirus’s place of origin would get you in trouble.

From what I understand, I am expected to confess that I am a racist. I am supposed to constantly at all times strive to discriminate against one race in favor of another in order not to be a racist, and even if I follow these directions to the letter 24/7, I am still considered a racist, will always be considered a racist, and will be unable to ever shed the racist label. Even if I claim not to be a racist, that is considered even more evidence that I am a racist in a way that Kafka would recognize in a heartbeat.

I have decided that I am a jelly donut.

That should do it. Thank you all very much.

My people weren’t always white.,_1891_New_Orleans_lynchings

Now I’m not sure how I’m supposed to think about these things.

“Even if I claim not to be a racist, that is considered even more evidence that I am a racist in a way that Kafka would recognize in a heartbeat.”

I’m dating a Herrero girl from Namibia. She’s 22. She turns 23 in November. A week after that I turn 58. So I guess maybe I’m not a racist. But I could be a child molester.

I don’t want to be. I keep begging her, to introduce me to her grandmother. But, no, she seems to like me.

MoeHowardwasright | September 26, 2020 at 6:59 am

I grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland during the 60’s and early 70’s. The only time we saw an African American was when we went to downtown Cleveland. When I went to Junior High we had the first two African American students. They were brothers. I made friends with the brother in my class. Kevin’s younger brother was a seething racist wannabe black panther. Kevin, calm rational person, on his way to a career ladder at the age of 15. Moved to Florida in 1972 and got a real eye opening to overt white and black racism. Virulent, toxic and hateful. Graduated and went to boot camp in Orlando. During my time in the service made friends with everyone. Asian, African American, Native American and Caucasian. What I’m driving at is this, I didn’t care what color you were. There were jerks from every color of the rainbow. However, there were plenty of people who became lifelong friends and I didn’t care what color. It was the CONTENT of the character that determined the friendship status.

“This is how you get more Trump.”

Usually words to describe unforced error on the part of leftists, but also handy when Trump sinks a 3 foot putt.

Say does anybody know if this applies to state agencies that are implementing federally funded programs? I sick of annual “diversity and inclusion” training.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to rightway. | September 26, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    I should hope so.

    Surely if they receive any Federal funds.

    What state agency DOESN’T GET Federal funds these days?

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | September 26, 2020 at 4:40 pm

LOL Terrorist member’s snack van stolen!!!

I woke up to the Van and everything I still owned stolen.

Excellent move. Of course Trump waited for just before the election, and this will probably be dropped shortly after the election. All he has to do is not see this enforced. When he starts cutting off parts of the bureaucracy we’ll know he’s serious.

That IS breathtaking! I have never seen a ballsier move by a president in my lifetime. Bravo!