President Trump’s shot across the bow of race-based re-education of Americans is already causing a course change, however slight.
Fearing the loss of federal funds, two institutions of higher education have suspended “diversity” efforts after Trump signed an executive order last month expanding a ban on “critical race theory” in federally funded programs. The expansion built on an earlier executive order on such training programs in federal agencies.
Trump made the move as the administration warned about teaching “divisive” “race-based ideologies,” according to an Oct. 7 report by Inside Higher Ed.
Liz Tovar, who serves as the University of Iowa’s interim “associate vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion,” said the school suspended the training for two weeks to assess the materials it was using, according to the report.
What will happen after two weeks was unclear, however.
“Let us state unequivocally that diversity, equity and inclusion remain as core values within our institution,” she wrote in a campus memo. But “after consulting with multiple entities, and given the seriousness of the penalties for noncompliance with the order, which include the loss of federal funding, we are recommending that all units temporarily pause for a two-week period,” she said.
John A. Logan College in Illinois has suspended similar events, Inside Higher Ed reported.
Trump’s executive order issued on Sept. 22 said “many people are pushing a different vision of America that is grounded in hierarchies based on collective social and political identities rather than in the inherent and equal dignity of every person as an individual.”
It went on to charge: “This ideology is rooted in the pernicious and false belief that America is an irredeemably racist and sexist country; that some people, simply on account of their race or sex, are oppressors; and that racial and sexual identities are more important than our common status as human beings and Americans.”