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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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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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