the opposite of subtle

The Tennessee House of Representatives just voted to remove funding for the University of Tennessee’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The target here seems to be especially the “inclusion” bit as the local news reporting makes clear:

Republican lawmakers have threatened to defund the diversity office for months after two controversial posts on the office website that promoted the use of gender-neutral pronouns and “inclusive holiday celebrations.

But it gets better! What is the state of Tennessee, in its infinite wisdom, going to do with those funds?

Lawmakers amended the bill Monday to send $100,000 of the Knoxville diversity office’s funding to a program that would print “In God We Trust” decals for law enforcement vehicles while sending the remaining $336,000 to minority scholarships. The original House bill would have sent all of the funding to the decal program.

Defunding diversity and inclusion programs to put “In God We Trust” decals on law enforcement vehicles… Is there anything less subtle or more emblematic of the current GOP?

Author: Dan Hirschman

I am a sociologist interested in the use of numbers in organizations, markets, and policy. For more info, see here.

2 thoughts on “the opposite of subtle”

  1. (With apologies to Mr. Stevens)
    I placed a decal in Tennessee
    On every law-enforcement car
    It took dominion everywhere
    And took funds from diversity.

    The cops in cars rose up to it
    And sprawled around the doughnut shop,
    Their stickers said In God We Trust.
    That’s how it is in Tennessee.


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