by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Not since Woodrow Wilson’s presidency more than 100 years ago has an administration been as committed to institutionalizing racism and segregation. The Biden administration’s overarching focus on slicing and dicing people by race, gender identity, and sexual orientation makes Wilson look like a piker in the racism department.
Contrary to the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment, federal civil rights laws, and Supreme Court precedent, on its second day in office, the administration announced a “whole-of-government” order to embed “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI) in all aspects of federal government policies and American life. Over the last 16 months, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has been charged with implementing large swaths of this odious plan, from allocating billions based on unconstitutional and unlawful criteria, to promises made in the department’s new Equity Action Plan.
Wilson is best known for leading the U.S. into World War I, championing the League of Nations, and suffering a stroke that left his wife in control of the executive branch. Of late, he also has received well-deserved condemnation for re-segregating the federal civil service and selecting candidates for hiring, promotion, and senior positions by race. He authorized his cabinet secretaries to segregate their facilities and to adopt race-based employment policies. After his administration improved its collection of data, it refined its exclusionary systems.
The parallels are conspicuous to Biden’s DEI in the federal workforce order and strategic plan, which ordered the invasive collection of data on race, gender identity, and sexual orientation among federal workers and applicants; hiring and promotion based on those characteristics; and the adoption of race-based employment policies and assessments of managers based on their compliance with DEI goals. Subsequent executive and agency orders have expanded the reach of data collection to include academia and government contractors for the purpose of allocating jobs, grants, loans, contracts, and other government benefits based on race, gender identity, and sexual orientation.