Air Force seeks to cancel diversity and unconscious bias training contracts

by Jenny Mount · Sep 23rd, 2020 4:09 pm

Last Updated Sep 25th, 2020 at 1:58 pm

Following a memo from Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought, the Air Force is working on canceling any contracts for diversity and unconscious bias training.

Vought called for agencies to identify and then cancel or defund any contracts or agency spending for training on critical race theory, white privilege, "or any other training or propaganda effort that teaches or suggests either … that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country or … that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil." According to Vought, such courses are "un-American propaganda training sessions."

Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek confirmed in an email on Tuesday that the Air Force is looking to identify and cancel contracts that run afoul of the OMB guidance.

According to the Air Force JA memo, training on issues of race, and whether that training contains elements barred by the OMB memo, "can be subjective." However, the memo says that any training that teaches "virtually all white people contribute to racism," requires service members or civilians to say they "benefit from racism," includes "white privilege" or "critical race theory," suggests "the United States is an inherently racist or evil country," or teaches that "any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil" is banned.


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