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Governor’s Actions Spark Controversy Among Liberals

via Face the Nation
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Utah Governor Spencer Cox’s recent praise of Black History Month has sparked controversy due to his signing of an anti-DEI bill.

The bill prohibits diversity training, hiring, and inclusion programs at universities and in state government.

Cox said, “February is #BlackHistoryMonth and we honor the resilience, courage and contributions African Americans have made to our state and nation.”

“We celebrate Black communities and remain committed to improving access to opportunity,” he continued.

Cox’s recognition of Black History Month was met with criticism, with many accusing him of being tone-deaf and hypocritical.

Actor Joshua Rush commented, “The audacity to post this could really only be possessed by a member of today’s modern GOP, a party defined by their hate, fear, and disrespect of anyone who doesn’t look and think just like them.”

“Shame on you, @SpencerJCox. You’re just like the rest of them,” he added.

Tyrell Aagard, the ACLU Utah development director, said the “gall you have to post this today.”

Marquez Chavez, the director of communications and marketing at Keystone Policy Center, said, “Given the Governor’s anti-DEI election year pandering (after fully embracing it as Lt. Gov.), the actions of the state legislature these last couple of weeks, and Cox ultimately signing the anti-DEI legislation the legislature just passed, this is woefully tone-deaf.”

The Utah Democrats Black Caucus wrote, “I think you forgot to edit the scheduled tweets this year, Governor.”

The bill, known as the “Equal Opportunity Initiatives,” bans preferential treatment based on a person’s race or other characteristics within Utah government and educational institutions.

Utah has joined other states in banning DEI programs, and Cox’s office has not yet responded to the criticism.

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