One of the many executive orders that President Biden signed on his first day of office revoked Trump's ban on critical race theory training (CRT) in the federal government. Paraded as "diversity training," President Biden hopes to further magnify the perceived harm of white privilege and systemic racism within society.
Biden proclaimed that ”systemic racism touches every facet of American life." This statement is inherently problematic since critical race theory purports that minorities are oppressed by white people who are systemically racist, which creates a sense of innate inferiority. It is divisive and makes people forget that all have an ingrained sense of dignity.
Christopher Rufo, director of the Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, said, "What I've discovered is that critical race theory has become, in essence, the default ideology of the federal bureaucracy and is now being weaponized against the American people." He found that before the theory was banned, the Treasury Department had a training session where employees were told that "virtually all white people contribute to racism." The fact that Biden would want to promote programs such as these and make critical race theory have a monopolizing force in government and society is, obviously, very concerning.
While passing this executive order, Biden said, "Unity and healing must begin with understanding and truth, not ignorance and lies." Yet critical race theory is not the end all be all truth. It is simply a lens used to examine power structures and to teach people that the rest of white society is racist. This will create even more division, the exact opposite of the goal of unity.
If Biden is to live up to his perfectionistic call for unity, promoting critical race theory training is not the way to go. It will sow seeds of hate instead of seeds of love championing the left's glorification of victimhood instead of self-advancement.