Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Bans State Funding for DEI Programs, Sparking Criticism from Civil Rights Leaders


Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey delivers her State of the State address, Tuesday, March 7, 2023, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)
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Alabama Governor Kay Ivey recently signed a bill barring the allocation of state funds towards diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across various public entities such as state agencies and higher education institutions.

In a statement, Ivey expressed staunch opposition to the utilization of taxpayer resources to promote what she perceives as a liberal political agenda under the guise of DEI. The move drew swift criticism from civil rights and advocacy organizations, contending that such measures encroach upon freedom of speech.

DEI, as defined by practitioners in the field, encompasses efforts to rectify disparities within organizations and provides anti-bias training.

NAACP President Derrick Johnson said in a statement, “Today, the Alabama government has failed our children.”

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