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AAPF Executive Director Kimberlé Crenshaw joined Joy Ann Reid on The ReidOut to explain the legal origins of Critical Race Theory and unpack the efforts of “anti-CRT” propagandists to rile up the GOP base, trigger their cultural anxieties, and rollback racial justice progress. (June 21, 2021)

AAPF Executive Director Kimberlé Crenshaw appeared as a guest on The Medhi Hasan Show, responding to Senator Ted Cruz’s comparison of remarks comparing critical race theory to the Ku Klux Klan and examined how the GOP’s censorship campaign rehearses familiar and well-worn arguments against racial justice made by white nationalists both after the Civil War and during the Civil Rights movement. (June 20, 2021)


Below are the latest updates from the disinformation and legislative campaign against critical race theory, social justice discourse, and race and gender education. Are we missing recent updates? Please send news and tips to

Coverage of organized attacks on racial and gender justice: 

(NBC News, June 29, 2021) 

(Word in Black, June 28, 2021)

(The Atlantic, June 28, 2021)

(Al Jazeera, June 28, 2021)

(The Daily Beast, June 24, 2021)

(Politico, June 23, 2021) 

(Tampa Bay Times, June 22, 2021)

(The Conversation, June 21, 2021)

(New York Times, June 16, 2021)

(ABC13, June 16, 2021)

(Education Week, June 15, 2021)

(NBC News, June 15, 2021)

(Washington Post, June 12, 2021)

(USA Today, June 11, 2021)

(Miami Herald, June 10, 2021)​

(Washington Post, June 8, 2021)

(Newsweek, June 8, 2021)

(Yahoo News, June 6, 2021)

(The Kansas City Star, June 4, 2021)​

(New York Times, June 1, 2021)​​​


Recommended articles, research, and critical analyses that help explain the who, what, where, and why of the coordinated attacks on critical race theory, racial justice, and anti-racist education. Includes useful explainers of critical race theory, research into the structure of the disinformation campaign, political analysis, and more. Updated weekly.

(Gary Peller, Politico, June 30, 2021)

(Fresh Air, June 24, 2021)

(Press Run, June 23, 2021) 

(Marketplace, June 22, 2021)

(MSNBC/The Reid Out, June 21, 2021) 

(MSNBC/The Medhi Hasan Show, June 20, 2021)

(Media Matters, June 17, 2021)

(Wall Street Journal, June 17, 2021)

(University World News, June 12, 2021)

(Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, June 8, 2021)

(Inside Higher Ed, June 3, 2021)

(Christine Emba, The Washington Post, May 26, 2021)​

(CNN/Don Lemon Tonight, May 17, 2021)​

(Theo Goldberg, Boston Review, May 7, 2021)

(The Atlantic, May 7, 2021)

(Newsweek, May 6, 2021)

(CNN, updated May 6, 2021)

(Marcus Johnson, Newsweek, May 5, 2021)


The Revocation of Executive Order 13950:


Executive Order 13950:

(The White House, September 4, 2020)

(The Executive Office of the President, September 28, 2021)​​

(The Washington Post, October 2, 2020)

(Vox, September 24, 2020)

(The Nation, September 17, 2020)

(NBC News Opinion, September 11/2020)


Legal Challenges to Executive Order 13950:

(The Hill, 10/29/2020)


The Impacts of Executive Order 13950:

(USA Today, February 6, 2021) 

(USA Today, 01/07/2021

(National Law Review, 12/29/2020)

(USA Today, 12/23/2020)​​

(The Huffington Post, 10/27/2020)

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

(The New York Times, 10/9/2020)​​

(The Wall Street Journal, 10/4/2020)

(Black Enterprise, 10/1/2020)​

(CNN, 9/21/2020)​​

(NBC News, 9/17/2020)

(Politico, 09/15/2020)​

(The Guardian, 9/4/2020)



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


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