The issue of Critical Race Theory is developing as a flashpoint for the 2022 elections and beyond. The whole battle is shaping up to be very interesting because it is a classic case of progressive/Marxist overreach. Polling shows a clear majority of voters do not like the idea, and the more voters learn about this vile racism tarted up as an academic discipline and method of pedagogy, the less they like it.
Americans reject critical race theory, 38% favorable, 58% unfavorable
Favorable by demographic
White men, no college: 27%
White men, college: 34%
White women, no college: 23%
White women, college: 44%
Ind: 20% https://t.co/pzK8ARdcdI pic.twitter.com/3jRSeoGi3z
— Richard Hanania (@RichardHanania) June 16, 2021
Across the country, previously uninvolved parents are turning out for school board meetings. The use of CRT and its bastard offspring, like “diversity, inclusion, and equity” training in the corporate world, seems poised to motivate a lot of previously passive voters to become activists. In fact, one thing is becoming obvious. CRT and its various manifestations cannot survive in an environment where there is free speech. That’s why it has found fertile ground in major corporations and academia — where your career is over if you push back against this racist nonsense — and in the education systems where students can be punished by lower grades and reduced opportunities if they do not mouth the magic words. It is no shock, then, that CRT has found fertile ground within the US military.
Last week, I posted this story: The Navy Has Abandoned Readiness of the Nation to Racist Indoctrination; Someone Must Be Held Responsible. In it, I noted that Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday, in the face of a broken fleet and a surging Communist Chinese threat in the South China Sea and adjacent to Taiwan, is focused like a laser beam on using CRT and the trash produced by shameless hucksters to divide the US Navy into racially polarized camps. When called out on it by Indiana Representative Jim Banks, Gilday whined like a little b***h, to use the terminology of the kids these days.
“I am not going to sit here and defend cherry-picked quotes from somebody’s book,” he said. “This is a bigger issue than Kendi’s book. What this is really about is trying to paint the United States military, and the United States Navy as weak, as woke.”
Yesterday, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley were on The Hill, and they were called out on their role in inflicting CRT on the US military by Florida Republican Matt Gaetz.
Austin simply refused to engage. He denied CRT is being taught in the military (that is actually a lie, it is taught under that name in the service academies, and commissars enforcing its working tenets on “whiteness” and “systemic racism” are embedded in the field force).
Rep. Mike Waltz questioned @SecDef on U.S. military academies teaching dangerous Critical Race Theory.
Sec. Austin, during an earlier line of questioning, stated CRT is not being taught in the U.S. military. Rep. Waltz cited the letter he received from West Point Superintendent. pic.twitter.com/09ie6ZC81A
— Congressman Waltz Press (@RepWaltzPress) June 23, 2021
This “we don’t teach CRT” is the typically dishonest dodge the left always comes up with when caught doing something odious. It is akin to “Sir, the Titanic was not sunk by a collision with an iceberg, the Titanic sank because of negative buoyancy.” Technically, it is true, but it is actually a dishonest obfuscation.
.@SecDef to Rep. Matt Gaetz on Extremism & Critical Race Theory: "I trust my leadership from top to bottom that they will give me fair and balanced and unvarnished input. And for you to say that people are telling me what I want to hear. I get it but I'm smart enough to know…" pic.twitter.com/leKYEp0EOR
— CSPAN (@cspan) June 23, 2021
The irony of Austin professing all kinds of confidence in his commanders is stunning as he had just testified that his commanders could not be trusted to investigate or prosecute cases of sexual assault vigorously. (I’m told by acquaintances still on active duty that allegations of sexual harassment are routinely used as brush-back pitches by substandard soldiers because once you make the allegation, you can’t be punished without the risk of being accused of intimidating a complainant.)
The JCS Chairman, Army General Mark Milley, was the most pathetic.
“I want to understand white rage and I'm white, and I want to understand it.”: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley shared his views on critical race theory in the military during a hearing Wednesday with House lawmakers. pic.twitter.com/0ApbjYjcMl
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 24, 2021
Here are highlights via USA Today:
“I’ve read Mao Tse-tung. I’ve read Karl Marx. I’ve read Lenin. That doesn’t make me a communist,” Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the nation’s highest ranking military officer, said. “So, what is wrong with understanding … having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend? And I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military — our general officers, our commissioned and non-commissioned officers — of being, quote, ‘woke’ or something else because we’re studying some theories that are out there.”
“I do think it’s important, actually, for those of us in uniform to be open-minded and be widely-read,” Milley said during the House Armed Services Committee hearing. “The United States Military Academy is a university, and it is important that we train and we understand … and I want to understand white rage. And I’m white,” he added.
“What is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America?” Milley said of the Jan. 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump. “What caused that? I want to find that out. I want to maintain an open mind here, and I do want to analyze it.”
Some apologists for Milley are saying that he is equating CRT with Marxism and Communism (because it is…actually, it is more evil than communism), which is good. If you read his statement in context, though, it is clear that he is advocating using CRT as an analytical tool in the US military’s jihad against “extremism.” His using the rubric of “white rage” to try to understand what happened on January 6, rather than a lot of more obvious explanations, shows he’s completely bought into this garbage. And it doesn’t stop with him.
A few weeks ago, an Army battalion commander, LTC Andrew Rhodes, had this to say to his troops (Jack Posobiec broke the story at Human Events, but the screen captures on that site have vanished): “If you’re a white male, you are part of the problem.” He went on to say that in his view, less than .01% of all complaints about racism were false, and he would automatically believe any allegation.
This is pure CRT, and it is corrosive to morale, good order, and discipline. This happened in the Army overseen by Austin and Milley. Rhodes still holds soldiers’ careers in his hands, and you can bet he has sniffed out who reported his outrageous statement.
Gen. Mark Milley goes on 'woke' rant after critical race theory critique. pic.twitter.com/6LwsrS48L2
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) June 24, 2021
The entire Austin-Milley circus is below:
The US military is emerging from twenty years of combat in a condition I could never have imagined possible. Instead of some soul searching on the administrative, training, and strategic problems that resulted in two stinging losses to markedly inferior forces, it has decided that the wave of the future is to embrace every woke idea that comes down the pike. Outspoken communists with an antipathy towards the United States (READ: Is West Point Beginning a Whitewash of the Commie Lieutenant Scandal?; Who Was Protecting the Commie West Point Graduate And Why?; and The Saga of the Commie Lieutenant Comes to an End). Standards are “changed” to artificially increase the “opportunities” for women in the combat arms. Extremists, which apparently is a synonym for “conservatives,” in the ranks are targeted for elimination. The services are being deliberately balkanized into racial and ethnic groups and played off against one another. They are being morally degraded:
Nellis Air Force Base in NV hosts drag queen show. They say that it contributes to the "morale, cohesion, and readiness of the military," and they're "committed to providing and championing an environment that is characterized by equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion." pic.twitter.com/xvx693EGDZ
— Richard Hanania (@RichardHanania) June 23, 2021
China looms in the Western Pacific.
And Lloyd Austin and Mark Milley are focused on CRT and ensuring as many sexual perversions as possible are represented for the sake of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.