Anti-racism courses are gaining momentum across the U.S.
On August 17, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1460 into law. By making this bill law, an ethnic studies class is now a requirement for students in the California State University system according to a report by Campus Reform.
The report highlighted that a “three-unit class in either Native American, African American, Asian American, or Latina/Latino studies will be required for students to graduate beginning the 2024-25 school year.”
The leadership of CSU, which includes Chancellor Timothy White and the Academic Senate, is against AB 1460, according to the Sundial, CSU-Northridge’s student newspaper. The leadership warns that laws that dictate what curriculum should look like could lead to a slippery slope in terms of government reach in academic affairs.
In addition, Sundial reported that Hazel Kelly, CSU public affairs manager for the Chancellor’s Office, said AB 1460 would have a price tag of $16 million in terms of its implementation costs.
After Campus Reform contacted CSU about the new requirement, CSU spokesman Michael Uhlenkamp told them that “the university will begin work to implement the requirements of the new legislation.”
The anti-racism craze has also spread to the University of Pittsburgh, which announced on August 17 that an online course about systemic anti-Black racism and anti-racism will be a requirement for all freshman students. Starting this fall, the course will be offered.
The Vice President of Pitt College Republicans Corey Barsky told Campus Reform that he is opposed to the mandatory nature of this course.
“I think you get into slippery slopes when you require things of people that are paying,” Barsky stated. “Requirements anger a lot more people and turn people off, but when you encourage, you catch more flies.”
Furthermore, the University of Pittsburgh is unveiling an Anti-racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan. Its Division of Student Affairs will begin to impose bias incident report training for staff and student workers. Similarly, Human Resources will tack on a mandatory anti-racism training module to its anti-sexual harassment training, which is already a mandatory practice at the university.
“We must take a closer look at every area within our university—including how we approach teaching, research, financial decisions, policing, recruiting, hiring and contracting,” Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh Patrick Gallagher declared in a university news release on August 17.
Emory University in Georgia recently revealed that it will establish a novel “race and ethnicity” course requirement that will go into effect next fall.
The Campus Reform report concluded:
The announcement came at least five years after the Black Student Union demanded such a requirement. Courses fulfilling the requirement must meet three of four established criteria, one which is to “develop a critical awareness of how racial and ethnic antagonisms and inequality develop historically through individual, institutional, and cultural forces,” as Campus Reform previously reported.
The recent Black Lives Matter outrage sparked by the death of George Floyd is leading to a radical cultural transformation of the U.S. As they have usually done in the past, universities are leading the way in radicalizing younger generations, but this time they are focusing on divisive racialist politics, which will undoubtedly increase social tensions in the country.
Flashback: Ann Coulter Warns Steve Bannon about Donald Trump’s Hires During 2016
Coulter tells it like it is.
Earlier this week, former White House adviser Steve Bannon reached out to President Donald Trump, in an apparent move to reconcile with the president. Bannon was one of the more renowned advisors in the Trump administration who received a lot of attention for his unconventional views. The former White House adviser is likely looking for Trump to pardon him for several federal criminal charges that he is currently facing.
Bannon was one of the strongest contrarian voices on the right who questioned traditional conservative dogma on free trade and immigration. His rise to prominence represented a raw, populist anger that was building within the Republican Party base. Bannon ended up leaving the Trump administration after the infamous Charlottesville rally. This left a massive void for populist voices within the Trump brain trust, which was never adequately filled with populist figures.
Most of the strong populist voices during the Trump era came from the outside. Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has been one of the leading figures trying to steer populist discourse in America.Although a harsh critic, Coulter did her best to hold President Trump accountable and watch his every move, especially personnel decisions that did not align with his America first vision. To the average pro-Trump individual, Coulter’s criticism may come off as abrasive, but it was and still is necessary to have a viable nationalist movement.
As a reminder to her followers about how she knew that there were subversive elements in the Trump administration who wanted to gut the president’s America First agenda and pursue more traditional Republican policies, she tweeted about email correspondence she had with Bannon dating back to December 2, 2016. In light of the rapprochement between Bannon and Trump, Coulter called attention to how she warned the former White House adviser about some of the latter’s questionable staffing decisions during the early stages of his presidency.
Coulter tweeted, “No, actually, I knew Trump was betraying us pretty early on – and that it would cost him re-election. My December 2, 2016 email to Steve Bannon:”
No, actually, I knew Trump was betraying us pretty early on – and that it would cost him re-election.
My December 2, 2016 email to Steve Bannon: pic.twitter.com/38hGPNUqqN
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 14, 2021
In an email sent on December 2, 2016 with a subject line titled “ghost of christmas future”, Coulter warned then-White House adviser Bannon about some of Trump’s hiring decisions.
She first noted that “the fact that Trump is even CONSIDERING rep. Mccaul (rubio in the house) for homeland — and is NOT considering kobach— tells me we’re not getting any major deportations, no removal of refugees, no e-verify, no end to end anchor babies… and trump will be dead.
also, “mad dog” isn’t going to build a wall.”
She was referring to Texas Congressman Michael McCaul, a known mass migration booster and a potential nominee for the head of the Department of Homeland Security. United States Marine Corps General James Matthis would be Trump’s first Secretary of Defense, who ended up turning out to be a Deep State hack. On the other hand, Kris Kobach is a nationally recognized immigration hawk, who gained fame for implementing some of the stiffest voter ID standards in the nation during his time as Secretary of State.
The Trump administration was successful in implementing several administrative changes that limited immigration and also did not get involved in any nation-building engagements like previous administrations.
Nevertheless, Coulter’s incisive suggestions still have use for future Republican administrations. The new GOP should follow Coulter’s pro-migration restriction suggestions if it wants to not only remain politically relevant, but also protect the integrity of America’s political system.
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