President Donald Trump took another step toward fulfilling his promise to “drain the swamp” on Friday when he authorized Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought to ensure that federal agencies no longer hold “woke” reeducation trainings.
The memo directs agency heads to “cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund these divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions.”
The White House directive was drafted in response to reports that mandatory trainings told employees in executive agencies that “virtually all white people contribute to racism,” that racism is “embedded in the belief that America is the land of opportunity or the belief that the most qualified person should receive a job,” or forced them to admit they “benefit from racism.”
Christopher Rufo, a visiting fellow for domestic policy studies at The Heritage Foundation and the director of the Center on Wealth and Poverty at the Discovery Institute, has worked for the past six months uncovering how Marxist ideas have crept into our government on the taxpayers’ dime. He is working on a forthcoming investigative report on critical race theory for The Daily Signal.
“What I’ve discovered,” Rufo said, “is that critical race theory has become, in essence, the default ideology of the federal bureaucracy.”
Rufo’s research has uncovered “wokeness” training programs in the Treasury Department, the National Credit Union Administration, Sandia National Laboratories, Argonne National Laboratories, the Department of Homeland Security, and the FBI.
And of course, we’ve all seen more public examples, like the graphic from the taxpayer-funded Smithsonian Museum in July, which claimed to identify the nuclear family, Judeo-Christian values, and objective, rational, linear thinking with aspects of “whiteness.”
The “wokeness” trainings are part and parcel with the civil unrest afflicting our cities. Last year, the New York Times Magazine embarked on a massive propaganda campaign, known as the 1619 Project, to redefine America’s founding as irredeemably racist. The 1619 Project has ushered in a summer of rioting in America’s cities (and now suburbs).
What began as peaceful protests over police brutality and concerns about lingering racism have given way to looting, burning, direct assaults on America’s most prominent Founders, and organized, violent assaults on government property and law enforcement officers.
As a chronicle of history, the 1619 Project is a failure; prominent historians quickly objected to its many errors, forcing a “muted, microscopic correction” from the Times.
But as a propaganda campaign, the 1619 Project has found far more success than it deserved, largely because the mainstream media is willing to promote any argument, however bankrupt, which might damage their No. 1 enemy, President Donald Trump.
The president has already instructed the Department of Education to investigate how the 1619 Project has infiltrated America’s public schools. Now, Trump has determined to root out the 1619’s Marxist propaganda from the federal bureaucracy.
The White House memo rightly condemned the “wokeness” trainings for opposing “the fundamental beliefs for which our Nation has stood since its inception.”
The White House memo also disparaged the “division and resentment” engendered by critical race theory. Instead of celebrating the diversity of race, ethnicity, and religion in America, the doctrine seeks to paint some as evil oppressors and others as innocent oppressed.
More detailed guidance will follow, but the memo directed all agencies to identify and make plans to cancel any “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.”
Americans face a critical juncture in the 2020 election. Openly Marxist forces in our schools, our media, our government, and our streets threaten to destroy the liberties we prize.
While most career politicians apologize and flip-flop at the first sign of conflict, Trump is one of only a few public leaders who has demonstrated the courage to stand up to them.
Originally published in Tony Perkins’ Washington Update, which is written with the aid of Family Research Council senior writers