The Trump presidency is the latest in a long line of White house offices that are already racist, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitic.
From the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., to the Trump hotel in Las Vegas, there are numerous instances where the administration is guilty of using the power of its office to discriminate against people based on their race, ethnicity, and religion.
The latest in the list is the Department of Education, which recently decided to exclude transgender students from using the restroom that matches their gender identity.
The decision was made in spite of the fact that transgender students are already protected under Title IX, which prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in educational institutions.
A letter sent to the White House by the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in response to a request for information stated that it had been investigating and reviewing “reports of restroom access issues at some of the nation’s largest public schools, including in the District of Columbia and Maryland.”
The letter went on to state that it has received “multiple reports” of transgender students using the bathroom that does not align with their gender.
“OCR has determined that some transgender students may be adversely impacted by restroom use at schools that do not match their gender presentation and identity,” the letter stated.
“Additionally, transgender students who use restrooms that do align with the gender with which they identify may be subject to additional harassment, physical violence, bullying, and/or discrimination in schools.
To address these concerns, the Office of the Secretary and the Office for Civil Rights will work collaboratively to identify all such concerns and ensure that transgender individuals and their students have access to equal access to restrooms.”
The Education Department did not immediately respond to a VICE News request for comment.
The letter also stated that “transgender students may also be impacted by school-sponsored programs and activities that have policies or practices that reflect their gender.”
The department has made it clear that it will not enforce these policies.
In addition, the letter said that it was “working to ensure that all transgender students have equal access, regardless of their gender, to appropriate facilities.”
In a statement released by the Office on Tuesday, Secretary DeVos noted that the department would “continue to enforce federal law and the rule of law to ensure all students are safe, supported, and treated with dignity.”
It is unclear if the administration plans to enforce this commitment.
The Education department did not respond to VICE News’ request for further information.
“OCR has been working with the Trump Administration to address issues of discrimination, including transgender students, at public schools in the United States, which is why the Trump administration has taken action on this important matter,” DeVos said.
“The Trump Administration’s Office on Civil Rights, with the full support of the President, will continue to work closely with the Education department to ensure transgender students receive equal access.”
The White House did not return a request from VICE News for comment, and the Trump Organization did not reply to a similar inquiry on Tuesday.