An organization of black conservatives is cheering the Trump administration for seeking to defund all federal training rooted in "critical race theory" – a philosophy that promotes the notion of "systemic racism" and essentially pits races against each other.
Last week, Office of Management and Budget director Russell Vought instructed the heads of executive branch departments and agencies to "identify all available avenues within the law to cancel" any contracts involving training programs that promote critical race theory, white privilege, and the notion that the United States and/or any specific racial or ethnic groups are "inherently racist or evil."
Vought wrote that the "divisive, false, and demeaning propaganda of the critical race theory movement is contrary to all we stand for as Americans and should have no place in the federal government."
Horace Cooper, co-chairman of Project 21 Black Leadership Network, says critical race theory – often referred to as CRT – is "bigotry, pure and simple."
"Anytime you're looking at a group of people and you attribute to them certain ideas, certain attitudes, and certain mindsets, you are engaging in the very kind of bigotry that America said we would never do again after Jim Crow," he tells OneNewsNow.
Cooper's fellow Project 21 member, Derryck Green, takes that argument even further. He says the logical conclusion of "indoctrinating" people with the idea that white people have "racial privilege" and that America is irredeemably racist "is what has propelled the Black Lives Matter and Antifa riots" that have been taking place in cities across the U.S.
According to Cooper, the ideas behind CRT are no different than what happened in South Africa when the government operated under apartheid and separated races.
"There's no actual functional difference [between the two]," he adds, "and the idea that taxpayer dollars would be used to support this is absolutely outrageous. Claiming that people have characteristics and behaviors due solely to their race is a tired, old, and evil idea that has no business being supported by taxpayer dollars."
Cooper says the Trump administration should be applauded by Americans of all races for severing ties to and immediately terminating all CRT-based training and contracts – which, according to Vought's memo, will be done according to detailed guidance that will be handed down by the Office of Management and Budget.