Trump bars ‘propaganda’ training sessions.
Citing indoctrination, President Trump on Friday night banned federal agencies from conducting racial sensitivity training related to “white privilege” and “critical race theory” that his administration says amounts to “divisive, anti-American propaganda,”.
Russell Vought, director of the Office of Management and Budget, decried the “millions of taxpayer dollars” spent on such programs “across the Executive Branch” in a two-page memo.
Vought said the training suggests the United States “is an inherently racist or evil country” or “that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil.” Urging agencies “to cancel any such contracts and/or to divert Federal dollars away from these unAmerican propaganda training sessions.”
It’s unclear to what extent such training exist, or if, as the memo purports, they instruct participants that “virtually all White people contribute to racism.”
This keeps up with the rhetoric coming from the White House. President Trump has threatened to remove federal funding from cities that allow social unrest.
In terms of the sensitivity training, Trump tweeted “This is a sickness that cannot be allowed to continue, Please report any sightings so we can quickly extinguish!”
The memo said such training “not only run counter to the fundamental beliefs for which our Nation has stood since its inception, but they also engender division and resentment within the Federal workforce,” Vought wrote, adding that “we cannot accept our employees receiving training that seeks to undercut our core values as Americans and drive division within our workforce.”
President Trump and Attorney General Barr said last week that systemic racism does not exist in the United States.