Kentucky Mayor Wants to Take Money from Poor People to Push Critical Race Theory

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Let them eat critical race theory.

Lexington, Kentucky Mayor Linda Gorton is trying to pull money out of an emergency rental assistance fund in order to force critical race theory on city staff.

Specifically, Gorton wants to take $120,000 away from an emergency rent fund for Lexington residents in order to pay for more diversity training for city employees.

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Experts say Lexington’s emergency rent assistance funding is already dangerously low and running out of money, particularly since evictions and financial problems have increased dramatically due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

President Trump banned any critical race theory “diversity” training from being funded at federal agencies in an executive order this past September.

Gorton’s Anti-Poor People Proposal

Gorton’s proposal redirects funds that are desperately needed by struggling families during this pandemic to pampered city staff so they can sit around and hear about how racist white people are for being white.

The cost of the training reportedly runs to $2,000 per day for 35 Lexington city employees at in-person and virtual training sessions.

The United States is currently in the middle of a serious eviction crisis, with an estimated 30 to 40 million Americans at risk of eviction in the near future according to the Aspen Institute. These evictions fall particularly hard on communities of color and those who are already struggling with layoffs, school closures and COVID-19 quarantine restrictions and business closures.

Lexington is Kentucky’s second-largest city, with a population of 323,000. The city has struggled significantly with COVID-19 and joblessness, with unemployment rising to a staggering 15.2 percent in April of this year. 

Lexington also has a serious crime problem and has one of the highest crime rates in the country. The chance of being a victim of violent or property crime in Lexington is a stunning 1 in 27, with a fatal triple shooting occurring in the city just this past Sunday.

There is an obvious correlation between homelessness, poverty, housing insecurity and crime, meaning that the city will become even less safe as money is pulled from emergency rent assistance and put into “woke” critical race reeducation. That is not to mention the time spent by city staff learning about what words are offensive or the supposed evils of whiteness instead of actually getting busy on legislation and work to help the struggling city.

Even the local progressive anti-homelessness group Lexington Housing Justice Collective – who support the concept of diversity training and critical race theory – called Gorton’s proposal harmful and noted that the city is currently experiencing the worst eviction crisis in “at least a decade.”

Ironically, evictions have fallen disproportionately on Lexingtonians who are people of color. It would seem that Gorton is fine with making Black people homeless as long as her city staff can learn about their own privilege in overpriced critical race struggle sessions.

In case anyone missed this point, the group made it clear, stating: “it means more Black and Brown people will lose their homes.”

What is ‘Critical Race Theory?’

Critical race theory — pushed by prominent figures such as Professor Ibram X. Kendi and more — argues that white people are inherently racist and oppressive and that traditional American society is flawed at its core and built primarily on slavery and white supremacist racism.

Kendi — who is one of the leading advocates of critical race theory and leads the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University — drew controversy in September during Trump’s nomination of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court when he tweeted that her family’s adoption of Black children made the Barretts “colonizers” and white supremacists who use people of color as “props.”

It is also important to note that critical race theory doesn’t work. Instead of reducing racist views or increasing group harmony and cohesion, it frequently does the exact opposite.

As noted by Frank Dobbin and Alexandra Kalev in the Harvard Business Review, diversity training programs often lead to increased feelings of tension and prejudice among participants due to the divisive and “us vs. them” focus of the seminars.