NewsUtah Governor Celebrates BHM After Banning DEI Programming

Utah Governor Celebrates BHM After Banning DEI Programming

This is called “nerve”…

Utah’s Republican governor, Spencer Cox, is receiving backlash for banning diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) incentives and celebrating Black History Month—in the same week—the Salt Lake Tribune reports. 

Just two days later, Cox tweeted in celebration of BHM: “February is #BlackHistoryMonth, and we honor the resilience, courage, and contributions African Americans have made to our state and nation,” Cox wrote. “We celebrate Black communities and remain committed to improving access to opportunity.”

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.— Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox (@GovCox) February 1, 2024

That didn’t go over well on social media. “Seriously, how did you have the nerve to write this?” @1Eyed_ShihTzu wrote. 

Seriously, how did you have the nerve to write this?— Matt 🇺🇦 We must do better🌈 (@1Eyed_ShihTzu) February 1, 2024

Another one called the governor out on his antics. “Crazy how you’re saying this days after signing a bill that will actively hurt Black students in Utah all we can count on you for is saying nice things while doing nothing to support the little statements you make, if not do the opposite,” @pnwkww wrote. 

Crazy how you’re saying this days after signing a bill that will actively hurt Black students in Utah 🙄 all we can count on you for is saying nice things while doing nothing to support the little statements you make, if not do the opposite— whimsical wife guy ky 🇵🇸 (@pnwkww) February 1, 2024

Even state elected officials stood in solidarity with opposing tweeters. “Once again, actions speak louder than words,” state Sen. Nate Blouin said. 

Cox has openly been opposed to having employees support DEI, calling it “awful, bordering on evil.” “We’ve been concerned about some DEI programs and policies, particularly with hiring practices, and this bill offers a balanced solution,” Cox said, according to NPR. But he tends to go back and forth on his viewpoints.

Source: Black Enterprise

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