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Martin D. Brown, chief diversity officer and director of the Office of Diversity, Opportunity, and Inclusion for Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, recently declared that “DEI is dead,” prompting widespread applause from conservatives.

Heritage President Dr. Kevin Roberts made the following statement in support of Brown:

Conservatives around the country support Martin Brown for having the courage to speak truth to power when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The people of Virginia categorically denounced the nationwide effort to push Marxist critical race theory to our kids when they elected Glenn Youngkin governor in 2021.

“Speaking to the Virginia Military Institute, Brown said, ‘Let’s take a moment right now to kill that cow. DEI is dead. We’re not going to bring that cow up anymore. It’s dead. It was mandated by the General Assembly, but this governor has a different philosophy of civil discourse.’

“Marxist-infused DEI government propaganda has no place in our constitutional republic. Teaching students to treat each other differently based on the color of their skin rejects the America ideals that founded this country and which Martin Luther King Jr. helped make a reality through the civil rights movement.

“Martin Brown was speaking truth to power. It was an act of bravery. I and Heritage salute Gov. Youngkin for making such a stellar choice. Once again, Virginia is leading.”


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