It was one of the first things President Joe Biden did once he assumed office in January 2021. Though it has gotten almost no notice, it is almost certainly one of the most consequential acts of his presidency, and its impact will likely be felt long after he leaves office.
But while the administration is boasting of it as proof of their devotion to civil rights and bettering the lot of the disadvantaged, it may do far more damage to American society than anything else that happens during Biden’s time in office. Considering that his first 15 months in the White House have been witness to a series of disasters, both foreign and domestic, that is saying something.
The policy in question was launched by Executive Order 13985, titled “Advancing Equity and Racial Justice Throughout the Government” and signed on Jan. 21, 2021. Biden laid out the point of the order in his statement at the time:
“It is therefore the policy of my administration that the federal government should pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality. Affirmatively advancing equity, civil rights, racial justice and equal opportunity is the responsibility of the whole government.
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