by Jon Street
Just hours after being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden signed a slew of executive orders, reversing many Trump-era policies, including a ban on Critical Race Theory training for employees of federal agencies and federal contractors, which include colleges and universities.
As Campus Reform has reported, Critical Race Theory training has become a common form of “diversity” training for students, faculty, and staff on America’s college campuses. In 2020, President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning such training, which he and his administration deemed “divisive, anti-American propaganda.”
A Trump White House memorandum stated, “all agencies are directed 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.”
But on Day 1 of President Joe Biden’s administration, that directive was rescinded.
While it did not specifically mention “Critical Race Theory,” Biden’s executive order stated that “every person should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear, no matter who they are or whom they love.”
As such, “the head of each agency shall, as soon as practicable, also consider whether there are additional actions that the agency should take to ensure that it is fully implementing the policy set forth in section 1 of this order. If an agency takes an action described in this subsection or subsection (b) of this section, it shall seek to ensure that it is accounting for, and taking appropriate steps to combat, overlapping forms of discrimination, such as discrimination on the basis of race or disability.”
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Jon Street is a news editor for Campus Reform.