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President Donald Trump is diving into the latest eruption in the nation’s reckoning over racial injustice with a trip Tuesday to Kenosha, Wisconsin, over the objections of local leaders. (Sept. 1)

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Labeling it “propaganda,” President Donald Trump took aim on Friday at employee training at federal agencies on topics that include “white privilege” and “critical race theory.”

“It has come to the President’s attention that Executive Branch agencies have spent millions of taxpayer dollars to date ‘training’ government workers to believe divisive, anti-American propaganda,” states a memo released Friday by Office of Management and Budget, which was sent to the heads of federal agencies. 

They were ordered to stop funding any such lessons.

Written by the office’s director, Russell Vought, it denounces training that frames the United States as historically racist and white people as beneficiaries of racism. 

“Employees across the Executive Branch have been required to attend trainings where they are told that ‘virtually all white people contribute to racism’ or where they are required to say that they ‘benefit from racism,'” the memo states, citing unspecified “press reports.”

“We can be proud of our continued efforts to welcome all individuals who seek to serve their fellow Americans as Federal employees,” it continues. “However, we cannot accept our employees receiving training that seeks to undercut our core values as Americans and drive division within our workforce.”

Vought directed all agencies to begin identifying contracts or spending related to training on critical race theory and white privilege, as well as training that suggests the “United States is an inherently racist or evil country” or that “any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil.”

He writes such training “engenders division and resentment within the Federal workforce.” 

The memo, which is just over a page long, alludes to a critique of affirmative action policies as well, claiming such training has contradicted “the belief that the most qualified person should receive a job.” 

OMB will “shortly issue more detailed guidance on implementing the President’s directive.” 

What is critical race theory?

Legal theory scholars at Harvard University define critical race theory as drawing “upon a variety of critical strategies to expose how (the) law constructs race to disadvantage persons of color.”

Imani Perry, a professor of African American studies at Princeton University, told USA Today that critical race theorists “interrogate cases, legislation, economic, cultural, and social forces in order to understand how racial inequality persists, notwithstanding the promises of the Constitution and anti-discrimination law.” 

“I am unaware of any critical race theory ‘training’ for federal employees,” she said. “I’m not even sure how that would function.”

Chris Rufo, a Discovery Institute Research fellow who criticized critical race theory on Fox News on this week, suggested that he influenced Trump’s thinking,