The State Department will name a Special Representative for Racial Justice Equity on June 17 in conjunction with the department’s Equity Action Plan, according to an email obtained by the Daily Caller.
The United States State Department announced the appointment of a Special Representative in its April Equity Action Plan, which defined the position for the first time. The Special Representative will have broad authority because he or she will be in charge of “institutiz[ing] an enterprise-wide approach to integrating racial and ethnic equity.” According to the email, promoting equality, addressing institutional racism, and strengthening democracy worldwide are “national security imperatives and essential foundations” of President Biden’s foreign policy.
Despite the fact that the Special Representative will be charged with “promoting systems of inclusion that stop bias, prejudice, and violence,” and “aid in creating more inclusive societies,” previous U.S. government efforts to promote equality and inclusion have failed. The federal government spent almost $800 million in Afghanistan promoting gender equality, a program that failed due to “traditional gender norms,” as reported by the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction.
The official will be in charge of “countering disinfo and societal violence directed at… marginalized ethnic and racial communities,” according to the email. Today, efforts to combat fake news are housed in the State Dept.’s Global Engagement Center, which is primarily focused on Russia.
Biden focused on racial equality throughout his campaign, vowing that if elected, he would encourage direct investment in minority towns through tax credits and venture capital. On the basis of race, he has rolled back a number of presidential orders issued by the Trump administration to promote what he calls equality.
On his first day in office, Biden issued an executive order requiring the federal government to “pursue a comprehensive approach to promoting equality for all,” according to the email. He subsequently instructed the federal government to use race-conscious hiring methods and require staff to take implicit and subconscious bias training.
One of his (and other Democrats’) most overlooked actions was to write into the law that White farmers were to be excluded from covid-19 farming-related relief payments.