Robert Reich: Trump’s Budget Is An Assault on Civil Rights

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Students from DRW College Prep school observe a moment of silence to remember friends and family members who have been victims of violence during an anti-violence rally before the start of the Memorial Day weekend on May 26, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. During the Memorial Day weekend in 2016, 71 people were shot in Chicago. Scott Olson/Getty

Trump's budget isn't just about massive tax cuts for rich and major cuts in assistance for the poor. He also wants to roll back civil rights.

Under his proposed budget:

1. The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice – which has long investigated hate crimes, voter suppression, and other forms of discrimination – would lose at least 121 positions.

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2. The Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program – in charge of policing against discrimination by companies with federal contracts – would be eliminated altogether. That's 600 positions. (Just last September, the office reached a $1.7 million settlement with tech giant Palantir for discriminatory hiring practices.)

3. The Environmental Protection Agency's environmental justice program – which combats higher-rates of pollution in communities of color – would be eliminated.

4. The Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights – charged with investigating discrimination in America's schools – would be drastically cut. The Trump administration itself has admitted these cuts will hamper its ability to conduct investigations.

Trump has made clear his priorities: Benefit the most comfortable Americans and stick it to the most vulnerable.

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Robert Reich is the chancellor's professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as secretary of labor in the Clinton administration, and Time magazine named him one of the 10 most effective Cabinet secretaries of the 20th century. He has written 14 books, including the best-sellers Aftershock , The Work of Nations and Beyond Outrage and, most recently, Saving Capitalism. He is also a founding editor of The American Prospect magazine, chairman of Common Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and co-creator of the award-winning documentary Inequality for All.