Trump says teaching kids that America is racist is a form of 'child abuse'September 18, 2020
DONALD Trump said teaching kids that America is racist is a form of "child abuse."
The president ripped Critical Race Theory, the view that the law and legal institutions are racist, while speaking at the National Archives Thursday.
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Trump said: "This is a marxist doctrine, holding that America is a wicked and racist nation—that even young children are complicit in oppression—and that our entire society must be radically transformed."
The president went on to discuss a pamphlet released by the National Museum of African American History and Culture that talks about "aspects & assumptions of whiteness & white culture in the United States."
Trump went on to say the document, which has since been changed, "alleged that concepts such as hard work, rational thinking, and the nuclear family and belief in God were not values that unite all Americans, but were instead aspects of whiteness."
He continued: "This is offensive and outrageous to Americans of every ethnicity.
"It is especially harmful to children of minority backgrounds who should be uplifted, not disparaged. Teaching this horrible doctrine is a form of child abuse in the truest sense of those words."
Trump then went on to reveal his "1776 Commission" that will promote patriotic education.
He said it will help "educators to teach our children about the miracle of American history."
Earlier this month, Trump ordered the end to racial sensitivity training at all federal agencies just days after Christopher Rufo, the president of conservative think-tank The Discovery Institute, called on the president to crack down on "critical race theory."
Trump has previously retweeted dozens of supporters rejoicing the move who described "critical race theory" as a threat to American and Western civilization.
He has described the theory as "a sickness that cannot be allowed to continue."
However, opponents claim these trainings are "divisive" and promote resentment against white people.
"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," Russel Vought, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, said in a memo.
For many academics critical race theory is not a fixed set of beliefs, but rather a way to analyze culture and society and challenge existing power structures.
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