On the heels of Joe Biden signing a record-breaking number of executive orders, now comes a nice-sounding pledge of equality. But people who listened closely to that promise heard something more Orwellian than equal justice under the law.
Susan Rice, director of the Domestic Policy Council, told White House reporters this week the Biden administration has “committed the whole of our government to advancing racial justice and equity for all Americans.”
Rice (pictured at right) made that announcement Tuesday at approximately the same time President Biden was signing four executive actions to address discrimination in federal housing; end the use of private prisons; “reaffirm” the federal government’s commitment to “tribal sovereignty;” and to “combat xenophobia” against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
It is the promise that the federal government will demand, promote, and ensure “equity” that caused a double-take for many Americans who recognize that “equity” for race and religion is not synonymous with “equality,” even though they sound similar and their meanings may overlap.
The overlap and similar meaning, in fact, earned the words an online post by Merriam-Webster, which states on its website the words share the same Latin root word “aequus” but differ greatly in proper usage.
“The idea that sometimes sameness of treatment (equality) does not result in proportional fairness (equity) is one way that these words are distinguished from each other, even in similar contexts,” the website explains.
After listening to Rice’s speech, Ed Vitagliano of the American Family Association says he was troubled when Rice mentioned “religious minorities” in her pledge of equity.
“Which, to me, means that religious majorities, i.e. Christianity, are going to be put under tremendous pressure to adapt our beliefs to their worldview,” Vitagliano warns.
Rice, in fact, complained last year about then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling him an “overtly religious” public official. She called that “problematic” because he is supposed to “represent all of America.”
Rice was complaining about Pompeo to MSNBC during the Republican National Convention, when he delivered a primetime speech from Jerusalem, but she defended the “equity” push this week because religion teaches us to “look out for one another.”
Vitagliano says Rice’s speech also raised alarm bells with him when she stated the average black family has “just one-tenth of the wealth of the average white family.”
The issue with that statement is not pointing out racial disparity or income inequality, Vitagliano says, but it is that the Biden administration is openly flirting with socialism to right society’s wrongs.
“It is a socialist idea to say that what you have earned you have no right to,” he tells One News Now. “The government and/or the broader society is going to take it away because there is a need that supersedes your right to the ownership of private property.”
His warning comes at the same time the far-left gospel of Marxism and social justice are no longer relegated to a leftist college professor or a fringe group of wannabe revolutionaries. The twin topics of racial justice and Marxist-inspired class resentment are being discussed in today’s churches as critical race theory and in mandatory corporate seminars where white employees are instructed about their “privilege” and their “systemic racism.”
After learning last fall the federal government was subjecting its own employees to such training, the Trump administration ordered it to stop. A Sept. 4 letter sent to federal agencies reads:
“All agencies are directed to begin to identify all contracts or other agency spending related to any training on ‘critical race theory,’ ‘white privilege,’ or any other training or propaganda effort that teaches or suggests either (1) that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country or (2) that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil.”
Biden, however, touched on that very topic while signing his executive orders this week.
“Our soul will be troubled,” he said Tuesday, “as long as systemic racism is allowed to exist.”
In the NPR interview after her speech, Rice was pressed about defining “equity” since writer Andrew Sullivan is accusing the Biden administration of using the federal government to give certain groups a “specific advantage and treatment” over other groups that are not being mentioned.
Rice predictably insisted that is a “false characterization” of what is happening and went on to name a laundry list of people who deserve a “level playing field” in America.
“Not just of black and brown Americans and people of color,” she told NPR, “but people in rural areas who have been left behind, people in urban and suburban areas, disabled Americans, religious minorities, LGBTQ Americans.”
Editor’s Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.
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