Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some major tea and it involves the White House and the Federal agencies and the directives given.
According to the Washington Post; Trump is moving to revamp federal agencies racial sensitivity trainings casting some of them as “divisive” and “un American,” this is according to a memo by the White House Office of Management and Budget.
The two page memo the OMB Director Russell Vought says Trump has asked him to prevent federal agencies from spending millions in taxpayer dollars on these training sessions. Vought says OMB will instruct federal agencies to come up with a list of all contracts related to training sessions involving “white privilege” or “critical race theory,” and do everything possible within the law to get rid of those contracts.
Vought writes in the memo that “it has come to the President’s attention that Executive Branch agencies have spent millions of taxpayer dollars to for ‘training’ government workers to believe divisive, anti American propaganda.”
It was not immediately learned what training sessions Vought was referring to in the memo. Recent Fox News segments have heavily criticized “diversity and inclusion” efforts in the federal government started under the Obama administration.
Experts say racial and diversity awareness trainings are absolutely essential steps in helping rectify the pervasive racial inequities in American society, including those perpetuated by the federal government. Several studies have found federal contracts are disproportionately awarded to white owned businesses. In 2017, a study by the Minority Business Development Agency found a dwindling over two decades in contracts for minority owned businesses. This is according to NPR.
Racial awareness trainings can help officials realize unconscious bias in the awarding of contracts from the federal government, the country’s largest employer, claims M.E. Hart who is an attorney who has given hundreds of diversity training sessions for businesses and the federal government for more than 20 years.
The racial sensitivity trainings can improve morale and cooperation in the workplace, and by increasing the diversity of perspectives, ultimately improve overall efficiency, Hart claims.
OMB says it would issue more guidance on curtailing these training sessions. An administration official said the order has already gone into effect: Such a training on “class biases” scheduled for Friday was postponed. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to share details about a postponed session.
The OMB memo also states that “the President, and his Administration, are fully committed to the fair and equal treatment of all individuals in the United States.” It was first reported by RealClearPolitics.
The memo comes after Trump has put himself at the center of intense national debates about race, police tactics, the Civil War and the Confederate flag. Democrats have long taken aim at Trump’s comments about race, which includes his false assertion that former president Barack Obama was not born in the United States.