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Commentary By Christopher F. Rufo

Republicans vs. Government Wokeness: Here’s What It Will Take to Root Out This Dangerous Ideology

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Most federal agencies have already prepared for a 'diversity, equity, and inclusion' regime

In recent months, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of Republican elected officials vocally criticizing programs and policies that advance "wokeness," or left-wing racialist ideology, at the federal or state level. This is a positive development and a sign that more Republican policymakers have recognized the significant threat posed by the prevalence of ideologies such as critical race theory in our society’s key institutions.

But if Republicans are serious about this fight, they need to recognize an important and uncomfortable reality: woke ideology is now embedded within the very DNA of the federal bureaucracy. It increasingly guides day-to-day decisions on everything from health care to transportation, weaponizing government to divide America’s into "oppressor" and "oppressed" and to punish them according to their identity.

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Christopher F. Rufo is a senior fellow and director of the Intiative on Critical Race Theory at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor of City Journal. Russell Vought is the president of Center for Renewing America and former director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.

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