November 27, 2023

Sen. Vance Blasts DEI Consultant Over Ohio Leader's 'Decentering Whiteness' Focus

Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) criticized an Ohio DEI consultant who is now facing a state probe over accusations of receiving taxpayer money.

Janice Gassam Ascre is the focus of the attacks after her recent Forbes article on "decentering Whiteness."

"In her column, Ascre talks about dismantling the systems that prioritize 'white dominant culture to the detriment of non-white groups and cultures,'" the New York Post reported.

"She argues that it is necessary to dismantle these systems in US workplaces, because they contribute to 'inequity and injustice within' an organization," it continued.

"I'm just done with this shit. It's racist and it's gross. Forbes should be ashamed of themselves for publishing it," Vance posted to X.

"The author is a 'diversity, equity, and inclusion' consultant. I've directed my staff to investigate whether her 'business' receives any public money from Ohio," he continued.

GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy also spoke out against the consultant on X, referring to the publication as "racism."

The criticisms continue from conservatives against the diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives growing in workplaces and on school campuses that have been used to push the political views of the left.

The recent Forbes column was a strong example of a so-called focus on diversity shifting to racial statements instead of being more "inclusive."

The situation has now led to a probe related to the author's work for the state, hoping to exclude her work from future taxpayer-funded projects.

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