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Trump orders agencies to halt some diversity training

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/07/20, 05:26 am

Federal agencies will identify spending tied to programs on white privilege, critical race theory, or any other content that presents any race as “inherently racist or evil,” according to a memo released on Friday. Russell Vought, director of the Office of Management and Budget, issued the notice after President Donald Trump ordered his office to end the “divisive, anti-American propaganda.” Vought said the administration will issue further guidance on the training sessions.

Whats the problem with the training? Vought cited press reports where federal employees had to say they benefit from racism and instructors said virtually all white people contribute to racism. He said such training runs counter to American principles and engenders resentment within the workforce. The decision comes after months of protests over racial injustice across the United States. In a tweet, Trump called critical race theory “a sickness that cannot be allowed to continue.”

Dig deeper: Read Anna Johansen’s report on her visit to the site of race-related riots in Kenosha, Wis.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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  • Steve SoCal
    Posted: Mon, 09/07/2020 11:19 am

    This is a very good move by the Trump administration.  I don't know how widespread that kind of brainwashing is in government training programs, but any of it is too much.  It is refreshing to have someone in authority speak up and take action against it.  Of course we all know that racism does exist in the sin damaged human experience to one degree or another.  The problem is that the political left knows no self control.  When they latch onto an issue, they can never be satisfied with an intelligent discussion and plan to tackle the serious problems that most of society can agree upon.  They always want to go to the extreme, exaggerate and lie, and then shove it down everyone's throat and make it a crime to not agree completely with their theories, passions, and often perversions.  That is being played out daily in American towns and cities today through mob violence, threats against innocent people going about their business, rioting, looting, and attacks on all forms of authority.  The left won't be satisfied until this very good country is destroyed (except for their elite entertainment, media, and political class of course) and just as miserable and poor as many other parts of the world from where people are desperately trying to get to America.  The farther left progressives are the foot soldiers of this activity, and the more moderate left are the cheerleaders or approving bystanders.  And if I'm not right about that, let's see it!

  • Nanamiro
    Posted: Mon, 09/07/2020 03:14 pm

    So glad he is doing this. Our education system, here in the Portland area (yes, THAT Portland) has been teaching "white" shaming for several years now in our community colleges and it's even infecting our secondary and primary schools now. This just reminds me of every totalitarian takeover. Blame one group for all the world's ills and pit people against each other. The Nazi's did that and all Communist regimes do that. This reaks of conspiracy theory and Marxism. Glad to see someone with power finally standing up to it.

  • JerryM
    Posted: Mon, 09/07/2020 07:46 pm

    I question whether what is being banned is actually diversity training, as the title states?  The title makes it appear that President Trump is against diversity.  I would suggest using quotation marks around "diversity training" would be more accurate.

    Posted: Mon, 09/07/2020 07:52 pm

    And, yes, I will vote for President Trump again in November!

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Tue, 09/08/2020 09:35 am

    Ironically, I was requested to take some of this training, where it was touted as very good by management. Unfortunately, the PC mentality is alive and well in government and you will not be promoted if you don't subscribe to it. Most conservatives, if they manage to be promoted, give lip service to it, but they use this as a litmus test to weed out real conservatives. 

    There used to be a tradition where they would promote both liberals and conservatives so that when the Democrats or Republicans were in office they would have a pool of qualified candidates to promote as political appointees and others in government. During the Clinton years they pushed the PC mentality and began creating barriers to conservatives being promoted.

    During the Bush years they never really cleaned house so the mentality lingered. When Obama was elected, he pushed the extreme liberal agenda and specifically sought to eliminate all conservatives. This was how the hyper PC environment grew where they promoted Mueller type conservatives who were useful pawns for the leftist cause. Essentially, this was how the deep state was able to form in government, where low level  and high level partisan officials used their positions to attack the present administration. There were no checks and balances to keep partisan meddling out of government. This has been the problem for Trump where he has sought to promote conservatives but the truth is there are few who exist. 

    The irony about the classes is that they teach that systemic racism exists while at the same time they effectively exclude many highly qualified white candidates and conservatives purely due to their skin color or ideology. This is the reality throughout government and then we are dragged through these mandatory classes telling us how bad systemic racism is and why we need to right these wrongs by promoting the PC mentality! The argument rings real hollow and it breads resentment and not racial reconciliation! 

  • Janet B
    Posted: Tue, 09/08/2020 10:36 am

    I agree with the President on this.  Encouraging racial divisions, and forcing people to admit guilt where there is no crime, is not conducive to a cohesive workplace -- or a cohesive United States for that matter.

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Tue, 09/08/2020 03:04 pm

    It's about time.

  • not silent
    Posted: Tue, 09/08/2020 03:39 pm

    I keep feeling like I'm being forced into a false dichotomy, as if there are only two sides to this issue; and I must choose one or I am automatically on the other.  I.e., either I admit that everything about the US is based on racism and oppression and is inherently evil or I am saying that racial injustice no longer exists and that it's useless to have a conversation about it.  

    In reality, there are MANY sides to this issue and lots of grey area in between the extremes in viewpoint.  There have been claims that our entire system should be dismantled because of its inherent racism and demands that elected officials must step down to avoid threats of violence. The violent overthrow of government systems is consistent with communism as outlined in The Communist Manifesto, and I believe there ARE people who are trying to impose something akin to communism on our nation.    However, it should be noted that not everyone who is in favor of having a conversation about racial injustice and looking into possible changes is a communist or wants to see our government or system completely overthrown. 

    I have also read comments (on other forums) by people who claim to be conservative and who are threatening "war" and "violence" to "take back" the country. This seems just as dangerous to me as any "progressives" or "communists" who are threatening violence.         

    I personally believe that there IS still racial injustice and that SOME changes need to be made, but I'm NOT a communist and not in favor of violence or destroying our entire system. (Nor am I in favor of "defunding" law enforcement.)  It IS possible to listen to others, to recognize that they may have had experiences that were vastly different from ours, and to carefully consider what they are saying and if those things warrant changes in belief or policy WITHOUT having to accept everything in toto; but it takes effort, humility, and williness to change if necessary. 

    All of us have views that are colored by our experiences, but we can be open to SOME change.  If we are not willing to listen to others and at least CONSIDER what they are saying, I fear what may happen to us as a nation.  I pray that we will all seek God's discernment.  

  • Brandi Reaves
    Posted: Tue, 09/08/2020 04:36 pm

    I'm thankful we have a president who realizes that this type of "training" only creates more division and resentment.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 09/09/2020 02:40 pm

    The left thinks they somehow can eliminate bias by introducing more bias; create tolerance by becoming intolerant; etc. 

    Sensible people are able to see that it hasn't been working out so far.