Rolling back civil-rights prosecutions
Boring but important
The Trump administration signaled this week that it plans to reduce the role of the federal government in protecting minorities, proposing to disband the Labor Department division that has policed discrimination by federal contractors for 40 years. The move, outlined in the department’s fiscal 2018 plan, would fold the 600-employee- strong Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs into another agency. The White House has also moved to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency’s environmental justice program, which seeks to mitigate pollution in minority communities, and proposed significant staff cuts at the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights, which has investigated thousands of discrimination complaints in school districts.