Trump administration-led nonprofit trains “activists critical of racial theory”
- Conservative welfare group Citizens for Renewing America believes critical race theory will “socially replace” whites.
- Critical race theory was invented by lawyer and jurist Kimberlé Crenshaw.
- Citizens for Renewing America’s toolkits provide advice on building local coalitions to end critical race theory.
Conservative welfare group Citizens for Renewing America is training “critical race theory activists” on how to organize in their communities and how to win back local school boards.
Founded by Russ Vought, head of the Trump administration, Citizens for Renewing America has stated on its website and in its papers that Critical Race Theory is a radical theology that will “socially replace” and lead to discrimination against whites. .
“In other words, because people of color have been discriminated against in the past, whites, including children in schools, must be discriminated against now in order to catch up and let African Americans catch up.” , a toolkit from the mentioned organization.
“Combatting Critical Race Theory In Your Community” provides advice on building grassroots coalitions, recalling school board officials and launching political campaigns. The toolkit urges local groups to create social media profiles, opinion pieces, distribute training materials and even find legal advisers in case of lawsuits.
School board members drew more recall petitions than any other group in the first semester of 2021, according to Ballotpedia, with a total of 126 school board members facing recall campaigns. In Texas, Spectrum News reported that opponents of Critical Race Theory were heading to school board meetings statewide to speak out during public comments, almost exclusively repeating the same conservative talking points.
—Russ Vought (@ RussVought45) September 4, 2020
Invented by lawyer and jurist Kimberlé Crenshaw, Critical Race Theory is a practice, and not training in diversity and inclusion, which recognizes race as a social construct rooted in the institutions of our country, relegating therefore people of color have second-class citizenship, according to the American Bar Association.
Vought ordered federal agencies during his tenure in the Office of Management and Budget to cancel all contracts and divert expenses related to training on critical race theory or white privilege, which he called “divisive anti-American propaganda” in a September 2020 memo.
His position has not wavered since he became president of Citizens for Renewing America in 2021.
Business Insider has contacted Citizens for Renewing America for comment.