On December 2nd, 2020, AAPF hosted an Under the Blacklight episode focused on the #TruthBeTold Campaign. AAPF Executive Director Kimberlé Crenshaw, Carol Anderson, Rachel Godsil, Laura Gomez, Charles Lawrence, Janai Nelson, and Lisa Rice examined the destructiveness of the Trump administration’s “Equity Gag Order,” the history of backlash against demands for equality, and the road to building a stronger social justice movement.

AAPF and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) held a joint press conference in October 2020 to announce the #TruthBeTold Campaign and to communicate the harms of Executive Order 13950. Featured speakers included Kimberlé Crenshaw (Executive Director, African AAPF); Janai Nelson (Associate Director-Counsel, LDF); Marc Morial (President and CEO, National Urban League); and Lisa Rice (President, National Fair Housing Alliance).


Below are the latest updates from the ongoing attacks on racial equity, social justice frameworks, and critical studies across the US. If you have relevant news and tips, please send them to

Coverage of Organized Attacks on Racial and Gender Justice Concepts:

(KCRG News, 4/30/2021)

(Yahoo News, 4/30/2021)

(Fox 2 News, 4/30/2021)

(CNN, 4/30/2021)

(The Chronicle of Higher Education, 4/29/2021)

(Esquire, 4/29/2021)

(CNN, 4/28/2021)

(The Texan, 4/28/2021)

(Bayou Brief, 4/28/2021)

(Des Moines Register, 4/28/2021)

(KNOE News (local news), 4/27/2021)

(Iowa Capital Dispatch, 4/26/2021)

(The Enquirer, 4/25/2021)

(Arkansas Times, 4/22/2021)

(News from New Hampshire and NPR, 4/21/2021)

(Wmur Manchester, 4/16/2021)

(The Baltimore Sun, 4/15/2021)

(Education Week, 4/15/2021)

(Boise State Public Radio x NPR, 4/7/2021)

(Public Radio Tulsa, 4/1/2021)

(The Providence Journal, 4/1/2021)

(Yahoo, 4/1/2021)

(Salon, 3/25/2021)

(Inside Higher Ed, 3/18/2021)

(Associated Press, 3/17/2021)

(The North State Journal, 3/17/2021)

(Edsource, 3/17/2021)

(Inside Higher Ed, 3/13/021)

(The Hill, 2/22/2021)

(The North State Journal, 2/102021)

(Newsweek, 1/29/2021)

(Nevada Current, 1/21/2021)

The Revocation of Executive Order 13950:

(The White House, January 20, 2021)

(USA Today, January 20, 2021)

(Government Executive, January 20, 2021)

(ABC News, January 21, 2021)

(Chicago Tribune, January 21, 2021)

(National Law Review, February 3, 2021)

(USA Today, February 6, 2021) 

(UCLA Law, March 17, 2021)



Below is a collection of articles curated by the African American Policy Forum from a vast array of media platforms and networks covering Trump’s Executive Order and its impact across industries, fields, and communities in the United States. Coverage begins with the announcement of the crackdown on Critical Race Theory, anti-racism and anti-bias trainings, and diversity, equity, and inclusion programming.

Further Reading on the Executive Order 13950:


Lawsuit Coverage:


News Coverage on the Equity Gag Order:

(Associated Press, The Guardian, 9/4/2020)

(Peter Baker, The New York Times, 9/6/2020, updated 9/10/2020)

(Laura E. Gomez, NBC News Opinion, 9/11/2020)

(Chris Cannito, Nonprofit Quarterly, 9/14/2020)

(Steve Nelson, The New York Post, 9/15/2020)

(Alex Guillén, Politico, 09/15/2020)

(Cheryl Harris, The Nation, 9/17/2020)

(Shannon Pettypiece, NBC News, 9/17/2020)

(Ben Mathis-Lilley, SLATE News, 9/18/2020)

(Erwin Chemerinsky, The Sacramento Bee, 9/18/2020)  

(Julian E. Zelizer, CNN,9/21/2020)

(Fabiola Cineas, VOX, 9/24/2020)

(Jeffery Martin, Newsweek, 9/24/2020)

(Cady Lang, Time Magazine, 10/29/2020)

(Derek Major, Black Enterprise, 10/1/2020)

(Victor Ray, The Washington Post, 10/2/20)

(Paul Kiernan and Andrew Restuccia, The Wall Street Journal, 10/4/2020)

(Mark Moore, The New York Post, 10/7/2020)

(Katie Benner, The New York Times, 10/9/2020)

(Chris Johnson, Washington Blade, 10/10/2020)

(Inyoung Choi, Business Insider, 10/10/2020)

(Hailey Fuchs, The New York Times, 10/13/2020)

(Trinady Joslin, The Texas Tribune, 10/15/2020)

(Marik Von Rennenkampff, The Hill, 10/26/2020)

(Emily Peck and Alexander C. Kaufman, The Huffington Post, 10/27/2020)

(Arianna Poindexter, WMC Action News, 10/28/2020)

(Alexandra Olson, The Washington Post, 10/29/2020)

(Marty Johnson, The Hill, 10/29/2020)

(Rebecca Rainey, Politico, 11/03/2020)

          (Natalie Alms, FCW, 11/05/2020)

          (Karen Brown, Chicago Tribune, 12/08/2020)

          (Pam Louwagie, Star Tribune, 12/22/2020)

          (Jessica Guynn, USA Today, 12/23/2020)

          (Jessica C. Abrahams, Stacie L. Linguist, Kristin Jones Pierre, National Law Review, 12/29/2020)

          (Jessica Guynn, USA Today, 01/07/2021



Below is a list of statements or letters issued by organizations or associations regarding Executive Order 13950, organized with the most recent at the top.

  1. Attorneys General of Connecticut, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia, Executive Order 13950 Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping, Oct. 30, 2020

  2. American Library Association, Statement on Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping, Oct. 29, 2020

  3. The State University of New York, Message to SUNY Community about the Importance of Diversity Training, Oct. 22, 2020

  4. National Council of Nonprofits, Joint Letter signed by 41 Nonprofit Organizations, Oct. 21, 2020

  5. AIDs United, White House Bans Diversity Trainings About Race and Sex Bias, Oct. 19, 2020

  6. Michael H. Schill - University of Oregon, Committed to equity and inclusion work despite federal executive order, Oct. 16, 2020

  7. Joint Letter signed by 161 for-profit business and nonprofit organizations, including the National Council of Nonprofits and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of their thousands of members, Private Sector Letter to the President in Opposition to the Executive Order on Race and Sex Stereotyping, Oct. 15, 2020

  8. DiversityEdu, A Response to the Executive Order on Diversity Training, Oct. 15, 2020

  9. American Hospital Association, American Medical Association and American Nurses Association, Letter to President Donald Trump on Executive Order 13950, Oct. 14, 2020

  10. American Council of Engineering Companies, Federal Contractors Join in Opposition to Executive Order that Bars Certain Diversity and Inclusion Training, Oct. 14, 2020

  11. Circa, Circa Supports HR Policy Association on Opposition of Executive Order 13950, Oct. 13, 2020

  12. American Alliance of Museums, Statement in Response to the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping, Oct. 13, 2020

  13. Association of Research Libraries, Statement on the US Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping, Oct. 9, 2020

  14. Tony Reardon National President of the National Treasury Employees Union, Confronting Racism is Our American Duty, Oct. 9, 2020

  15. Alliance for Digital Innovation, with 10 other technology, software and advertising organizations representing thousands of government contractors, Joint Letter in Opposition, Oct. 8, 2020

  16. American Council on Education, Joint Letter signed by 56 Organizations Representing Higher Education Institutions, Oct. 8, 2020

  17. American Society of Neurology, ASN Opposes Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping, Oct. 8, 2020

  18. NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc (LDF), Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and National Women’s Law Center, Civil Rights Groups and Allies Condemn White House Move to Censor Race and Gender Equity Training, Oct. 7, 2020

  19. STEM community (scientific, technical, engineering and math), Multi-Society Effort in Urging Trump Administration to Rescind Elimination of Federal DEI Training Programs, Oct. 7, 2020

  20. Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, President of Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Trump's order interfering with diversity efforts: The wrong move at the wrong time, The Hill, Oct. 1, 2020

  21. Clean Water Action, Joint Letter signed by 121 Conservation Organizations to Congressional Leaders, Oct. 1, 2020

  22. American Association of Advertising Agencies, 4A’s Pushes Back On Trump’s Move To Suppress Diversity Training At Agencies, Oct. 1, 2020

  23. Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, PhRMA Statement on Presidential Executive Order Restricting Diversity Training, Oct. 1, 2020

  24. TESOL International Association, Statement on Executive Order Banning Sensitivity Training Programs in the United States, Oct. 1, 2020

  25. American Historical Association, Statement Urging Retraction of Executive Order Prohibiting the Inclusion of “Divisive Concepts” in Employee Training Sessions, Oct. 2020

  26. Physician Assistant Education Association, PAEA Endorses AAMC Statement Regarding President’s Executive Order on ‘Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping,’ Sept. 30, 2020 

  27. American Society for Engineering Education, Letter to OMB and Office of Science and Technology Policy, Sept. 30, 2020

  28. American Psychological Association, APA Decries Administration Orders to Restrict Federal Diversity Training, Sept. 30, 2020

  29. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, ACGME Issues Statement on the Executive Order on Race and Sex Stereotyping, Sept. 30, 2020

  30. HR Policy Association, Statement by HR Policy Association on the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping, Sept. 30, 2020

  31. American Association for Access Equity and Diversity, Statement Regarding Executive Order, Sept. 29, 2020

  32. American Counseling Association, Responds to Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping, Sept. 29, 2020  

  33. University of Michigan President, Statement on Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping, Sept. 26, 2020

  34. American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, ASBMB statement on Trump’s executive order banning racial sensitivity training, Sept. 25, 2020

  35. American Dental Education Association, ADEA Statement in Support of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workplace Training, Sept. 25, 2020

  36. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, AACAP Statement on President’s Executive Order - "Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping,” Sept. 25, 2020

  37. Internet Association, Statement on The Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping, Sept. 25, 2020

  38. National Association of Social Workers, NASW Affronted by President Trump’s Sinister Executive Order on Racial and Sexual Stereotyping, Sept. 25, 2020

  39. American Educational Research Association and National Academy of Education, Statement Joined by 16 organizations in Support of Anti-Racist Education, Sept. 24, 2020

  40. National Skills Coalition, NSC Statement on President's Executive Order Banning Anti-Racism and Anti-Sexism Training, Sept. 24, 2020

  41. Union of Concerned Scientists, White House Executive Order Silences Anti-Racism, Anti-Sexism Programs at Federal Agencies, Sept. 24, 2020

  42. National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, NADOHE statement on DEI training, Sept. 24, 2020

  43. Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, ASPPH Statement on Executive Order Halting Trainings on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping, Sept. 24, 2020

  44. Association of American Medical Colleges, AAMC Statement on Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping, Sept. 24, 2020

  45. University of New Mexico Division for Equity and Inclusion, Response from the Division for Equity and Inclusion to Executive Order on "Combating Race & Sex Stereotyping", Sept. 24, 2020

  46. Information Technology Industry Council, New Executive Order is a Major Step Backward for Racial Equality, Sept. 23, 2020

  47. Congressional Black Caucus, Tri-Caucus Chairs’ Statement on Trump Administration Prohibiting Federal Agencies from Conducting Anti-Racism Training, Sept. 8, 2020

  48. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, AACP Statement Related to Racism, Education and the Sept. 22 Executive Order, date unknown  

  49. American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare, AASWSW Strongly Opposes the September 22, 2020 Presidential Executive Order on Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping, date unknown

  50. National Coalition for Literacy, NCL Board Statement on Executive Order 13950, date unknown