On Wednesday evening, after Joe Biden had been sworn in earlier in the day as President of the United States, Discovery Institute researcher Christopher F. Rugo, who has been hard at work exposing the growth and pervasive use of “critical race theory” in institutions and in education, announced that he was forming a coalition of legal foundations and attorneys to fight against the use of the theory.
Rufo noted Biden announced that he would be ending the Trump administration’s 1776 Commission, which had been used to fight against the implementation of critical race theory, tweeted: “Today, President Biden doubled-down on critical race theory in the federal government. In response, I am announcing a new coalition of legal foundations and private attorneys that will wage relentless legal warfare against race theory in America’s institutions. The fight is on.”
This comes as former Fox News anchor and current podcast host Megyn Kelly tweeted her approval of Rufo’s move, writing: “THIS IS THE ANSWER. THE LAW. These indoctrination sessions are unlawful. Studies have shown they create *more*, not less, racism. Good for you, @realchrisrufo.”
In his press release, Rufo wrote: “Critical race theory is a grave threat to the American way of life. It divides Americans by race and traffics in the pernicious concepts of race essentialism, racial stereotyping, and race-based segregation—all under a false pursuit of ‘social justice.’ Critical race theory training programs have become commonplace in academia, government, and corporate life, where they have sought to advance the ideology through cult-like indoctrination, intimidation, and harassment.”
“The Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth and Poverty is leading the effort with help from the Southeastern Legal Foundation, Upper Midwest Law Center, Jonathan O’Brien with Schoolhouserights.org, The Pivtorak Law Firm, Wally Zimolong of Zimolong, LLC, and Eric Early and Peter Scott of Early, Sullivan, Wright, Gizer, & McCrae,” Fox News reported.
As the National Review noted of the 1776 Commission, “Former President Donald Trump established the commission in an executive order in November that aimed to promote ‘patriotic education’ and to push back against accusations that the country is ‘irredeemably and systemically racist.’ The move was seen as pushing back against historical claims made in The New York Times‘ 1619 Project.”
President Trump even issued the executive order banning critical race theory training from the federal government, as Fox News noted. Trump wrote in the order: “Without our common faith in the equal right of every individual American to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, authoritarian visions of government and society could become increasingly alluring alternatives to self-government based on the consent of the people.”
The visibility of critical race theory has become only more prevalent with the riots that raged on throughout the summer over the death of George Floyd—a man who passed away while in police custody. This was also a time where innocent white people were targeted for no other reason than their skin color.