September 16, 2020

USA: The CDC Appears To Be Moving Forward With Critical Race Theory Trainings For Employees Despite An Executive Order From President Trump Ordering Federal Agencies To End Racist Programs.

National Review
written by Mairead Mcardle
Monday September 14, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention appears to be moving forward with critical race theory trainings for employees despite an executive order from President Trump ordering federal agencies to end such taxpayer-funded training programs.

Trump issued an executive order earlier this month requiring federal agencies to “cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund these divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions” and directing the Office of Management and Budget to issue guidance on implementing the order.

Nevertheless, the CDC is debuting a 13-week critical race theory program that aims to address the country’s “white supremacist ideology.”

The training series, dubbed “Naming, Measuring, and Addressing the Impacts of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation and the World,” will feature an American Public Health Association presentation from instructor Camara Phyllis Jones, a physician and civil rights activist.

The program will teach CDC employees how to “identify three levels of racism” and “examine the mechanisms of systemic racism.” The first three sessions focus on “racism, sexism, and other systems of structured inequality,” and instruct trainees how to “address institutionalized racism.”

Later sessions focus on “racism as a public health crisis.” The CDC blames “systemic racism” for “police killings of unarmed Black and Brown men and women” and the “view of Black men as inherently threatening” as well as “the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color.”

The training sessions also advise CDC employees that they must “target” certain “societal barriers to achieving health equity” including a “narrow focus on the individual,” the “myth of American exceptionalism,” and the “myth of meritocracy,” defined as, “If you work hard you will make it.”

The final session in the training series encourages and instructs CDC employees to take action on racism, including on “policy and legislation.”

Last week, Republican Senator Josh Hawley called on Congress to investigate why federal agencies spent taxpayer dollars on critical race theory trainings, suggesting that in doing so the agencies may have violated federal law.

“I think that the president’s action here to stop funding is absolutely appropriate,” the Missouri senator said. “I personally wonder if there has been a federal law violation. It’s not clear to me that these agencies actually had authority under congressional appropriations to spend that money, the way that they were doing it. So, I really wonder if we got some federal legal issues.”
written by Tasmin Shamma
Wednesday November 9, 2016 ๐Ÿ‘ˆ

Employees at the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the mood in their office is somber.

The employees of one of the largest federal agencies in Atlanta said they’re concerned about job safety, funding and new public health policies under Donald Trump’s presidency.

At the General Muir deli across the street from the CDC, a few employees talked to WABE, asking that their names not be used. One microbiologist said her colleagues were crying in the hallways.

“It’s really sad,” she said. “It’s depressing. I’m eating a bagel to try and be happy.”

She said she’s worried Trump might appoint public health leaders who may not be in total support of mandatory vaccinations, pointing to Dr. Ben Carson or Florida Governor Rick Scott.

Another CDC worker said her job collecting data is partially funded through the Affordable Care Act.

“I’m pretty worried about work that I’ve put in for the last year and a half if it gets repealed wholesale, and if that goes away, we regress like scientifically 20 years back,” she said.

President-Elect Trump has promised to abolish the Affordable Care Act.

But, she said, they are looking for a silver lining, specifically reaching out to low-income, rural communities.

“My team is trying to identify how to reach out to this electorate that has clearly expressed that they’re hurting,” she said. “We’re thinking, you know, how can we reach out to these people so they don’t feel the need to feel disenfranchised, I guess.”

Another employee, who has worked for the CDC for nearly 40 years, said it shouldn’t really matter who the new boss is.

“We’ve ran this place underfunded and we’ve done a great job,” he said. “With Zika, don’t forget, we were at the brink of running out of money, but we prevailed. We’ve got a mission, we’re dedicated to it and we’re going to continue it.”

In an emailed statement, the CDC wrote: “As always in political transitions, CDC stands ready to work with the new administration to protect and advance America’s health security.”

UPDATE 9/16/20 at 12:22pm: Added info below.
Peter N. Kirsanow is an attorney and a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

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