Waltz Demands West Point Stop Teaching Cadets Critical Race Theory

Waltz Demands West Point Stop Teaching Cadets Critical Race Theory

Mona Salama
Mona Salama
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June 9, 2021

Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) a former Green Beret and Afghan War veteran sent a letter to Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darry Williams Wednesday, demanding that the U.S Military Academy West Point stop teaching military cadets the “divisive” critical race theory.

In a recent letter to the West Point Superintendent, Waltz warned that our nation is “on incredibly perilous ground if any future leaders of our military are taught the the civilian institutions and structures with ultimate authority over them… are systemically oppressive and that they therefore have a duty to oppose them,” when questioning if the military academy intends to continue such teaching.

“I think it is incredibly divisive,” Waltz said in an interview with Fox News. “The underlying piece of critical race theory is that civilian institutions in this country are inherently misogynist, racist and colonialist, and therefore, it is our duty to resist them.”

“That is fine for activists – but one of these cadets is going to be the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, and being taught that the Constitution is critically flawed? That, to me, is terrifying and destructive,” Waltz added.

The Florida Republican was notified in April by numerous cadets and active duty soldiers stationed at West Point that the military academy was holding critical race theory presentations and seminars. He obtained snippets of a lecture entitled “Understanding Whiteness and White Rage” and a classroom slide labeled “White Power at West Point,” which reportedly gave an example of a comment made by a cadet in opposition to Affirmative Action.

Waltz contacted Williams after receiving examples of the lecture, sending him a letter where he questioned him about the issue. The West Point Superintendent responded to Waltz concerns, acknowledging that West Point does have a course focused on critical race theory — noting the course, “The Politics of Race, Gender, and Sexuality” is in its syllabus.

“There are two lessons on critical race theory, and the book, ‘Critical Race Theory: An Introduction,’ is one of several readings in the course,” Williams wrote to Waltz. “This course is an upper-level elective. Most of the cadets who take the course are Political Science majors. Typical enrollment for this elective course averages about 23 cadets annually.”

In his response to Waltz, Williams said that “extremism in any form is antithetical to the values of our Army and Nation and has no place at West Point.”

Waltz slammed the teachings in his latest letter response to Williams, saying they are “incredibly disturbing given the monopoly on power our military can have over society and for their implications towards the continued subordination of the military to civilian oversight.”

“I hope you will consider the angst 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 unity, merit, and mission focus and instruct our next generation of leaders in the best tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to be blind to their fellow soldiers’ race rather than focused to it.”

The Florida Republican noted that he has introduced several legislation prohibiting U.S. military and educational institutions under the Department of Defense from “promoting doctrines associated with critical race theory.”

Waltz said he intends to include those bills as part of the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act.

“Enemies’ bullets don’t care about race, religion, or socioeconomic background—they only care that you’re an American,” Waltz said. “The military I grew up in teaches you that you bleed green, and your skin color is camouflage. White, Black, Brown — you’re all the same.”

Mona Salama

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