TRUMP TAR­GETS ‘WHITE PRIV­I­LEGE’ TRAIN­ING AS ‘ANTI-AMER­I­CAN’

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has di­rected the Of­fice of Man­age­ment and Bud­get to crack down on fed­eral agen­cies’ anti-racism train­ing ses­sions, call­ing them “di­vi­sive, an­tiAmer­i­can pro­pa­ganda.”

OMB di­rec­tor Rus­sell Vought, in a let­ter Fri­day to ex­ec­u­tive branch agen­cies, di­rected them to iden­tify spend­ing re­lated to any train­ing on “crit­i­cal race the­ory,” “white priv­i­lege” or any other ma­te­rial that teaches or sug­gests that the United States or any race or eth­nic­ity is “in­her­ently racist or evil.”

Trump has spent much of the sum­mer de­fend­ing the dis­play of the Con­fed­er­ate bat­tle flag and mon­u­ments of Civil War rebels from pro­test­ers seek­ing their re­moval, in what he has called a “cul­ture war” ahead of the Nov. 3 elec­tion.

Mean­while, he has re­jected com­ments from Demo­cratic nom­i­nee Joe Bi­den and oth­ers that there is “sys­temic racism” in polic­ing and Amer­i­can cul­ture that must be ad­dressed.

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