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Trump Bans Gov. From Doing Business With Those Who Promote Critical Race Theory, White Privilege

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Tuesday afternoon, President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that he has prohibited the United States government from conducting business with companies and individuals that promote critical race theory (CRT), claiming that the theory is “divisive and harmful.” Moreover, Trump ordered federal agencies to cease racial sensitivity training courses that discuss CRT and white privilege.

“A few weeks ago,” Trump tweeted, “I BANNED efforts to indoctrinate government employees with divisive and harmful sex and race-based ideologies.” He continues, adding that “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!”

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This follows a White House memo sent on Friday to federal agencies by the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Russell Vought, instructing them to begin to cease racial sensitivity courses that discuss those subjects, referring to the programs as “un-American propaganda training sessions.”

“All agencies,” the memo reads, “are directed to begin to identify all contracts or other agency spending related to any training on ‘critical race theory,’ ‘white privilege,’ or any other training or propaganda effort that teaches or suggests either (1) that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country or (2) that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil.”

Vought continues, saying that “the Office of Management and Budget will shortly issue more detailed guidance on implementing the President’s directive,” adding that “all agencies should begin to identify all available avenues within the law to cancel any such contracts and/or to divert Federal dollars away from these un-American propaganda training sessions.”

Encyclopaedia Britannica broadly summarizes that CRT is “the view that the law and legal institutions are inherently racist and that race itself, instead of being biologically grounded and natural, is a socially constructed concept that is used by white people to further their economic and political interests at the expense of people of colour.” Conservatives have commonly argued that the theory is “anti-white” and discourages patriotism.

CRT is a concept that has become dramatically popular among left-wing scholars and activists over the past few years. Simultaneously, with that rise in prevalence, the theory has become a target for right-wing thinkers and activists more recently as race has returned to the forefront of national politics this past summer.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Boston Celtics Player Legally Changing Name to ‘Enes Kanter Freedom’ to Celebrate U.S. Citizenship

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Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter is celebrating becoming a U.S. citizen in an incredible way. The 29-year-old athlete from Turkey is having his citizenship oath ceremony Monday, and will legally change his name to Enes Kanter Freedom.

Kanter is an outspoken human rights advocate who had his Turkish passport revoked in 2017 after he criticized Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mediaite reports “he has also criticized NBA stars Michael Jordan and LeBron James for not doing enough to help the Black community and not speaking out against exploitative labor practices in China respectively.”

Celtics head coach Ime Udoka told the Boston Globe the team is “all for” the player’s name change. Kanter’s manager says the player will complete his legal name change to have Kanter become his middle name and Freedom be his new last name at Monday’s ceremony.

“We congratulated him as a group for getting his American citizenship last week,” Udoka said. “That’s who Enes is, we’re proud of him. Enes is who he is. He’s passionate about his stances and the name change; you look at [Ron] Artest [who changed his name to Metta Sandiford-Artest in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak] and guys that have done it in the past. It’s something he wants to express and we’re all for it.”

Kanter has already changed his official Twitter account to Enes Kanter FREEDOM with his new last name in all caps. Freedom made waves when he tweeted the following on November 18: Money over Morals for the ‘King’. Sad & disgusting how these athletes pretend they care about social justice. They really do ‘shut up & dribble’ when Big Boss [inserted Chinese flag] says so. Did you educate yourself about the slave labor that made your shoes or is that not part of your research?”

The tweet included photos of basketball shoes he wore painted with human rights depictions and phrases such as “hey still researching and getting educated?” as well as “I am informed and educated on the situation.”

The statement is with regard to his criticism of LeBron James’ partnership with Nike. “Nike remains one of the NBA’s biggest sponsors as both organizations feed off their partnerships with China” reports Mediaite. Kanter Freedom also made an offer to take Michael Jordan and Nike co-founder Phil Knight to China in order for the men to “visit these slave labor camps and you can see it with your own eyes.”

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