Trump Issues Executive Order to Combat ‘Destructive Ideology’ That America is ‘an Irredeemably Racist and Sexist Country’

President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks at the White House Conference on American History Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. | White House/Joyce N. Boghosian

President Donald Trump issued an executive order to combat “offensive and anti-American race and sex stereotyping and scapegoating” Tuesday just over two weeks after he directed federal agencies to stop teaching government workers about critical race theory and related concepts like “white privilege.”

Trump’s order expands on his initial directive to include not just federal agencies, but any person or organization that receives money from the government through business contracts or grants.

“A few weeks ago, I BANNED efforts to indoctrinate government employees with divisive and harmful sex and race-based ideologies. Today, I’ve expanded that ban to people and companies that do business with our Country, the United States Military, Government Contractors, and Grantees. Americans should be taught to take PRIDE in our Great Country, and if you don’t, there’s nothing in it for you!” Trump tweeted Tuesday.

The controversial critical race theory, which has been a lightning rod for debate and division in evangelical circles, is an ideological framework that some legal scholars argue interrogates the relationship between race, law, and power. White privilege, a component of CRT, is defined by The Alberta Civil Liberties Research Center as “the unquestioned and unearned set of advantages, entitlements, benefits and choices bestowed upon people solely because they are white.”

Trump argued in the latest executive order that a vision of America as a place “grounded in hierarchies based on collective social and political identities rather than in the inherent and equal dignity of every person as an individual … is rooted in the pernicious and false belief that America is an irredeemably racist and sexist country.”

“This destructive ideology is grounded in misrepresentations of our country’s history and its role in the world,” Trump wrote. “Although presented as new and revolutionary, they resurrect the discredited notions of the nineteenth century’s apologists for slavery who, like President Lincoln’s rival Stephen A. Douglas, maintained that our government ‘was made on the white basis’ ‘by white men, for the benefit of white men.

“Our Founding documents rejected these racialized views of America, which were soundly defeated on the blood-stained battlefields of the Civil War. Yet they are now being repackaged and sold as cutting-edge insights. They are designed to divide us and to prevent us from uniting as one people in pursuit of one common destiny for our great country.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair

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