(The Center Square) – A new GOP report details how the Pentagon has prioritized the promotion of critical race theory, progressive gender ideology and more using taxpayer dollars.
The report, commissioned by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, presents a series of examples of liberal racial and gender ideology permeating military training, policies and leadership. , all at taxpayer expense. .
For example, the report details examples of critical race theory being taught at military academies across all branches, saying they “reflect broader trends in the armed forces.” In one such instance, the report references training material obtained through an official records request where West Point cadets are lectured on white privilege.
“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has championed the teaching of CRT at the US Service Academies and has testified before Congress about his desire to understand ‘white rage,'” the report states. “He argued that American taxpayers’ money should be spent to ensure cadets and midshipmen learn what drove thousands of people to assault [the Capitol] Build and try to overthrow the United States Constitution. The Biden administration chooses to focus and fund the study of racial extremism even when – as the [“Countering Extremist Activity Working Group] shown – this is a virtual non-issue in the army.
In another example, the report points to a slide presentation for the Air Force Academy called “Diversity and Inclusion: What It Is, Why We Care, and What We Can Do,” which warns cadets to avoid gendered language, including terms like “mom and dad.”
“Focusing on what is different between us, rather than what unites us, only serves to foster division and discontent among service members,” the report said. “We need look no further for proof that the recent egregious example of an attempt to use taxpayer dollars and DoD property to host a drag queen story hour for children in Ramstein Air Base Library in Germany to promote ‘inclusivity’ during Pride Month.
“This event was thankfully canceled after Senator Rubio sent a letter censuring the Air Force for considering placing children in a sexualized environment, but it was of great concern to service members and their spouses,” the report said. report. “Furthermore, it sent a message that discouraged potential newcomers from joining us.”
The report names the Department of Defense Education Agency’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, who is responsible for educating the children of military and DOD civilians.
From the report:
“That is why having a radical extremist like Kelisa Wing as the Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at DODEA is complete nonsense. In 2020, Wing tweeted, “I’m exhausted with these white folxes in these [professional development] sessions. [T]his lady actually had the audacity to say that black people can be racist too…. I had to stop the session and give Karen the BUSINESS. (Caudace is a pejorative word to describe the audacity of white people.)
Wing also wrote a book to teach white children that they have white privilege and that “white privilege hurts a lot of people.” The book comes with an exercise to help children understand “what parts of my identity have given me privilege”. This racist bigotry from a DEI specialist is normal, but given the unique position of service members with children in DODEA schools, it is completely and utterly unacceptable.
Rubio argued that this concentration is a distraction for the armed forces.
“Rather than standing up for American greatness and protecting our nation, the military is repeating smart nonsense. It’s stupid, it doesn’t work, and it’s dangerous,” Rubio said. thinking about how to counter Chinese aircraft carriers and less time thinking about pronouns.”
Maj. Charlie Dietz, a DOD spokesman in the office of the Secretary of Defense, pushed back against the report.
“Diversity, inclusion and grassroots equality is about leveraging the strengths of all our employees, advancing opportunities, overcoming potential barriers or differences and – fundamentally – ensuring that people are treated with dignity and respect,” he told The Center Square. “We always talk about weapon systems, but each of us will agree that our greatest weapon system is our people. That’s why our policies to better leverage our employees and increase unit cohesion are important here.
Republican lawmakers disagree and are calling for an end to this type of practice, saying it hurts cohesion, military readiness and recruiting.
“The priority of the Department of Defense should be to train the men and women of our armed forces to be a united, lethal, combat-ready force, ready to defend the United States and its interests at all times” , said Rep. Roy. “Instead, Biden’s woke Pentagon is using taxpayer dollars to promote blatant anti-American ideology. This needs to stop. We need to end this politicization of our military and keep our armed forces focused on defending our national security.