Memo says federal employees could be punished for banned diversity trainings

President Donald Trump’s budget director sent additional guidance to federal agencies Monday on employee training programs the White House deems anti-American propaganda.

In the new memo, Russell Vought warned federal employees found to be conducting the type of trainings Trump wants to outlawincluding those on critical race theory and unconscious biascould face punishment.
Agency employees and contractors are not to engage in divisive training of Federal workers. Noncompliance by continuing with prohibited training will result in consequences, which may include adverse action for Federal employees who violate the Order,” reads the memo sent by Vought, the director of the Office of Management and Budget Director.
Trump has consistently sided against efforts to reckon with America’s fraught racial past and has claimed some of those efforts amount to an erasure of history. 동시에, he has stoked racial divisions by defending the display of Confederate symbols while calling Black Lives Matter asymbol of hate.
    Trump’s attempt to stamp out federal anti-racism training programs appears, somewhat paradoxically, part of a broader push against so-called “문화를 취소하다,” which he has described as forcing political correctness on unwilling Americans.
    Early last month, Trump’s budget office said in a memo federal agencies must alter their racial sensitivity training programs, 인용 “press reportsabout sessions where federal employees were toldvirtually all white people contribute to racismor where they were required to say that theybenefit from racism.
    It has come to the president’s attention that executive branch agencies have spent millions of taxpayer dollars to date ‘traininggovernment workers to believe divisive, anti-American propaganda,” the earlier memo read.
    In the latest memo sent on Monday, OMB lays out the steps agencies are now required to take to identify their employee training programs and determine whether they meet the criteria laid out in the earlier notice.
    The memo says agencies must identify alltraining programs related to diversity and inclusionduring the past fiscal year and how much was spent on them. Agencies must also determine whether the content of the trainings violated Trump’s edict.
    The memo suggests akeyword searchof agency financial data for terms including: “critical race theory,” “white privilege,” “intersectionality,” “체계적인 인종 차별,” “positionality,” “racial humility” 과 “unconscious bias.
      Agencies have until November 20 to provide the information to OMB and must designate a senior political appointee to review diversity and inclusiveness training going forward, the memo mandates.
      Vought writes in the memo the White House is not seeking to end all federal training programs meant to promote diversityonly those that seek to sowdivision among the workforce by attempting to prescribe and impose upon employees a conformity of belief in ideologies that label entire groups of Americans as inherently racist or evil.

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