House Republican calls on West Point to end critical race theory training for military cadets
EXCLUSIVE: Republican Representative Mike Waltz demands that the US Military Academy at West Point stop teaching cadets critical race theory, calling the teachings “divisive,” “destructive” and “unacceptable” to future leaders of the US Army.
In a letter to West Point Superintendent, Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, obtained by Fox News on Wednesday, Waltz, R-Fla., Asked if the institution intends to continue its teachings, while warning that the nation is “on incredibly perilous ground, if at all Future leaders of our military are learning that the institutions and civilian structures with ultimate authority over them … are systematically oppressive and therefore have a duty to oppose it.”
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“I think it is incredibly divisive,” Waltz told Fox News in an interview Wednesday. “The underlying element of critical race theory is that the civil institutions of this country are inherently misogynistic, racist and colonialist, and therefore it is our duty to resist them – this is good for the activists. – but one of these cadets is going to be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and learn that the Constitution is seriously flawed? ”
He added: “This, to me, is terrifying and destructive.”
In April, Waltz told Fox News he had been approached by a number of cadets, families and active duty soldiers stationed at West Point, who shared snippets of presentations and seminars held at the institution. on the critical theory of race.
Waltz reached out to Williams in April to discuss the program – questioning mandatory teachings and training, after getting examples of a talk titled “Understanding Whiteness and White Rage” and a class slide titled “White Power at West Point “.
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Fox News got Williams’ response to Waltz on Wednesday, who explained that “extremism in any form is contrary to the values of our military and our nation and has no place at West Point.”
Williams did acknowledge, however, that West Point had a course that focused on critical breed theory.
“Regarding Critical Race Theory, there is only one course that incorporates this theory into the curriculum,” Williams wrote, noting that the course is “The Politics of Race, Gender and of sexuality “.
“There are two lessons in critical race theory, and the book ‘Critical Race Theory: An Introduction’ is one of the course’s many readings,” Williams wrote to Waltz. “This course is an upper-level elective course. Most cadets taking the course are political science majors. Typical enrollment in this elective course averages about 23 cadets per year.”
In his latest response to Williams, Waltz criticized the teachings, saying they are “incredibly disturbing given the monopoly of power our military can have over society and their implications for the military’s continued subordination to civilian oversight. “.
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Waltz then informed Williams that he had introduced several pieces of legislation prohibiting US military and educational institutions under the Department of Defense from “promoting doctrines associated with critical race theory.” Waltz has said he intends to include these bills as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2022.
“I hope you will take into account the anguish and division felt by the families of the cadets and the cadets themselves who alerted me to their content,” Waltz wrote. “I implore you to foster an environment of oneness, merit and mission focus and to educate our next generation of leaders in the best tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to be race blind to their comrades instead. than to focus on it. ”
Waltz, a Green Beret and Afghan War veteran, told Fox News that critical breed theory was “incredibly divisive for a unit.”
“Enemy bullets don’t care about race, religion or socio-economic background, they only care if you are American,” Waltz told Fox News. “The army I grew up in teaches you that you bleed green and your skin color is camouflage. White, black, brown – you’re all the same.”
He added: “You are now in the service of the flag.”