- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 16, 2020

The Boy Scouts of America announced Monday that it is adding a new “diversity and inclusion” merit badge in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement, saying it will be required by young members to achieve the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

The organization said in a letter to scouting families that it would be implementing mandatory diversity and inclusivity training for employees and volunteers, among other changes in the wake of the George Floyd protests.

“There is no place for racism — not in Scouting and not in our communities. Racism will not be tolerated,” the letter stated.

“We condemn the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and all those who are not named but are equally important,” it continued. “We hear the anguish, feel the heartbreak, and join the country’s resolve to do better.

“The Boy Scouts of America stands with Black families and the Black community because we believe that Black Lives Matter,” the letter read. “This is not a political issue; it is a human rights issue and one we all have a duty to address.”



The organization also said it would be conducting a review of property names, events and insignia “to build on and enhance the organization’s nearly 30-year ban on use of the Confederate flag and to ensure that symbols of oppression are not in use today or in the future.”

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