Yesterday, mere hours after being sworn in as the 46th President of the United States Joe Biden sat down behind the desk in the Oval Office and got to work. His first orders of business included signing a slew of executive orders to undo much for Trump’s hard work. Among the signed executive orders, President Biden signaled the end to Trump’s 1776 Commission which was created to fight against the implementation of critical race theory. The elimination of the 1776 Commission caused Discovery Institute researcher Christopher F. Rufo to announce he is forming “a coalition of legal foundations and attorneys to fight against the use of critical race theory.”
Former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly shared Rufo’s press release and cheered him on writing, “THIS IS THE ANSWER. THE LAW. These indoctrination sessions are unlawful. Studies have shown they create *more*, not less, racism. Good for you, @realchrisrufo.”
THIS IS THE ANSWER. THE LAW. These indoctrination sessions are unlawful.Studies have shown they create *more,* not less, racism.
Good for you @realchrisrufo. https://t.co/JtHOkGWaCi
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) January 21, 2021
The Daily Wire reports:
In his press release, Rufo wrote, “Critical race theory is a grave threat to the American way of life. It divides Americans by race and traffics in the pernicious concepts of race essentialism, racial stereotyping, and race-based segregation—all under a false pursuit of ‘social justice.’ Critical race theory training programs have become commonplace in academia, government, and corporate life, where they have sought to advance the ideology through cult-like indoctrination, intimidation, and harassment.”
As National Review noted of the 1776 Commission, “Former President Donald Trump established the commission in an executive order in November that aimed to promote ‘patriotic education’ and to push back against accusations that the country is ‘irredeemably and systemically racist.’ The move was seen as pushing back against historical claims made in The New York Times‘ 1619 Project.”
President Trump issued the executive order banning critical race theory training from the federal government, as Fox News noted. In the order, Trump wrote, “Without our common faith in the equal right of every individual American to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, authoritarian visions of government and society could become increasingly alluring alternatives to self-government based on the consent of the people.”
For a report on Rufo’s work exposing a City of Seattle training session for white employees called “Interrupting Internalized Racial Superiority and Whiteness,” see here. For a report on Rufo’s work showing the San Diego Unified School District was holding training sessions where teachers were told of their “white privilege,” that they were racist, and they were part of an oppressive white power structure, see here.
Rufo has worked for months to uncover the growing and inescapable use of “critical race theory” in education and institutions in America.