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How the Right Uses the Bogeyman of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) to Call for Upending Civil Rights Law

Read more about a cadre of think-tank-ists on the intellectual right that push state officials to expunge Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) programs from higher education. (Click image for article.)

Published by Mother Jones on January 23, 2024

The New York Times published a front-page investigation into the campaign by a cadre of think-tank-ists on the intellectual right to push state officials to expunge diversity, equity, and inclusion programs from higher education. 

Using a trove of documents, the report focused on Texas and efforts by the Claremont Institute—a think-tank that has tried to make the case for Trumpism (if not always Trump himself)—to end DEI. The Times‘ investigation chronicled Claremont’s officials and their allies’ back and forth. It shows their attempt to frame and brand their campaign. And it shows the aspiration of framing DEI—those “sweet-sounding, civically engaging words that seem unobjectionable and uncontroversial,” as Scott Yenor, Claremont’s senior director of state coalitions, put it—as a broadly pernicious ideology….

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