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?