Why I’m Concerned About Trump’s Removal of Racial Sensitivity Training—And You Should Be Too

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Among the many shocking moments from the current administration, there is something that slipped between the cracks in the seemingly endless news cycle. Trump, through executive order, has demanded that federal agencies (and federal contractors) remove racial sensitivity training. When pressed about the decision during the first presidential debate, President Trump defended his order calling the training “racist.” “I ended it because a lot of people were complaining that they were asked to do things that were absolutely insane,” he said.

Reading about the order and hearing the President’s response left me feeling a certain kind of dread. One quote by George Santayana has really struck me heavily about politics overall, but particularly during this administration, “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” When we don’t look to our past and our…

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