Robert Reich: Trump’s Rollback Of Civil Rights – OpEd

Trump’s budget isn’t just about massive tax cuts for rich and major cuts in assistance for the poor. He also wants to roll back civil rights. Under his proposed budget:

1. The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice – which  has long investigated hate crimes, voter suppression, and other forms of discrimination – would lose at least 121 positions.

2. The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program – in charge of policing against discrimination by companies with federal contracts – would be eliminated altogether. That’s 600 positions. (Just last September, the office reached a $1.7 million settlement with tech giant Palantir for discriminatory hiring practices.)

3. The Environmental Protection Agency’s environmental justice program – which combats higher-rates of pollution in communities of color – would be eliminated.

4. The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights – charged with investigating discrimination in America’s schools – would be drastically cut. The Trump administration itself has admitted these cuts will hamper its ability to conduct investigations.

Trump has made clear his priorities: Benefit the most comfortable Americans and stick it to the most vulnerable.


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Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Robert B. Reich is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as secretary of labor in the Clinton administration, and Time magazine named him one of the 10 most effective cabinet secretaries of the 20th century. He has written 14 books, including the best-sellers Aftershock, The Work of Nations, Beyond Outrage and, most recently, Saving Capitalism. He is also a founding editor of The American Prospect magazine, chairman of Common Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and co-creator of the award-winning documentary INEQUALITY FOR ALL.

One thought on “Robert Reich: Trump’s Rollback Of Civil Rights – OpEd

  • May 31, 2017 at 5:30 pm
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    Oops! Someone left the backdoor open and: Robbie the insane dwarf crept in. What’s up, Robbie? Oh, you are infuriated by the swamp draining that’s putting a bunch of stumble bums out of work.
    Work, you say; but what was that…investigating voter suppression? You mean requiring an ID card to vote. Don’t you need one to cash a check or drive a car? And what does the Office of Federal Contract Compliance do besides provide a warm dry spot for 600 drones whose annual salaries far exceed the $1.7 million settlement you credit them with. Then you mention EPA and its environmental justice program. What the hell is an environmental justice program? You claim higher rates of pollution, but you neglect to specify what constitutes pollution and the term higher means nothing without a reference. Without a doubt, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights did something: but what? And why? And where? Investigations? Like where’s the Ladies Room on the third floor?
    Indeed, POTUS Trump has made his priorities clear: DRAIN THE SWAMP! Make all American’s comfortable with their government by sticking it to free loaders.
    You lost, the American people won: get over it.

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