President Biden is siding firmly with the hard cultural left in his early rush of executive orders, including re-opening the door for federal bias training that relies on the absurd “critical race theory.” Last week he rescinded a Trump-era order that banned training that implies anyone is racist or sexist “by virtue of his or her race, sex, and/or national origin.” The former prez had set that rule after it turned out that agencies across the federal government had actually been doing just that — jumping onto the far-left bandwagon of insisting that (for starters) all whites and all men are intrinsically bigoted. Race is back as a major liberal issue.
Yes, several agencies reacted to the Trump order by suspending all anti-bias training until they could vet their programs — but that was a wise response: It’s all too typical for harried bosses to carelessly sign off on the use of outside “experts” who pitch utter nonsense. And if you don’t buy the radical claim of the far left that America is rife with hidden bigotry, it’s hard to see why even non-crazy training in avoiding bias is needed for the most of the vast federal workforce. This is basically a “culture war” project snuck into practice without any rational debate.
Notably, Biden at the same time also disbanded President Donald Trump’s 1776 Commission withdrew the final report it had just released. The report condemned attempts from the left to taint America’s founding principles by emphasizing slavery as core to the nation’s founding. It was an answer to The New York Times’ error-ridden “1619 Project,” which aims to teach schoolchildren that the nation was founded to defend oppression, not freedom, and has been condemned by many of the nation’s top liberal historians, including specialists in slavery. Naturally, the Times decried the 45-page report, pretending it “defends America’s founding on the basis of slavery.” In reality, the report acknowledges the horror of slavery but also recognizes that America’s founding planted the seeds for its abolition at a time when slavery was practiced worldwide. If Biden doesn’t stop his de-facto support of this lefty lunacy, all his talk of rebuilding America’s center will prove nothing but deceitful noise.