Military institutions are being destroyed from the inside out by critical race theory – by design! SECDEF Lloyd Austin and the rest of his racist crew have been on a mission for months, as previously reported here, here, here, and here. That last one targets my Navy, but even closer to home is the cultural rot that has been cultivated and promoted at my alma mater, the US Naval Academy. The cancel culture there failed in an attempt to cashier a midshipman for protected speech with which they didn’t agree (as previously reported here in the last of a series of articles exposing the perfidy of USNA “leadership;” MIDN Standage graduated and was commissioned on time with the rest of his class). But their defeat doesn’t mean that the cultural Marxists who tout critical race theory among the faculty and elsewhere at the Academy have magically changed their tune, no siree.
One of my classmates and good friends has taken the Academy’s English Dept to task for their cultural Marxism and rot. He and a lot of other alumni aren’t going to quietly watch while our beloved Academy is destroyed by Leftists! Here is his “summary of action.” Read and beware: if this is happening at USNA, imagine what is happening at other universities across the fruited plain.
His commentary begins:
The Mission Statement of the U.S. Naval Academy: “To develop Midshipmen morally, mentally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty in order to graduate leaders who are dedicated to a career of naval service and have potential for future development in mind and character to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government.”
The above is much the same mission that the Naval Academy had when I graduated in 1974 to become a Marine Officer. Imagine my shock to find, just as parents and taxpayers are finding throughout the nation, that Critical Race Theory (CRT) is deeply embedded in my alma mater – a major and very expensive source of Navy and Marine Officers.
A fellow alumnus, wanting to put a halt to the precipitous slide to the Left at the Naval Academy (as well as the other service academies), forwarded an email from an English Department Professor that served as a goodbye missive to her colleagues. The below is an excerpt that led me to look at her Curriculum Vitae (CV) and those of other members of the English Department at the Naval Academy:
“My bittersweet news is that I have accepted a position as Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Miami, where I will take over as Director of the Africana Studies program. The past six years here have taught me so much about myself as a teacher, scholar, disabled person, and Black queer woman in academia, and I will take those lessons with me into the next part of my career.”
A sample of her “academic works”:
God is (a) Pussy: The Pleasure Principle and Homo-Erotic Spirituality in Shug’s Blueswoman Theology
In the life and the spirit: Homoerotic spirituality in African American literature
Between women TV: Toward the mainstreaming of black lesbian masculinity and black queer women in community
This was a bombshell for me and my wide circle of military friends, many of whom are Naval Academy alumnae. That a person with this shocking CV had been embedded in the Naval Academy for six years, implied that there were other fellow travelers.
A quick check of the Naval Academy English Department Faculty site revealed that a full 40% to 50% of the instructor staff include Marxist polemics among their prized credentials and instructional qualifications. CRT is high on their list of poisonous heterodoxies with which to infiltrate the heart of America’s Military Officer Corps. CRT is, of course, an updated form of Marxism that replaces racial divisiveness and polarization for the economic warfare envisioned by the early Communists. An email exchange with members of the Naval Academy staff prompted many members of the English Department to excise CRT from their CVs, demonstrating clear nefarious intent.
In addition to everything I’ve already said about this pernicious ruinous ideology, parents and taxpayers throughout the country are fighting back to remove it permanently from curricula at all levels.
Unsurprisingly, the Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin both favor CRT instruction to military officers on specious grounds, while disparaging white service members as privileged supremacists, oppressors and colonizers. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki recently indicated that President Joe Biden – or those who spike his oatmeal – is also a proponent of CRT.
The Superintendent of the Naval Academy, Sean Buck and his Public Affairs Officer (PAO), conversely, has insisted on numerous occasions that CRT is not part of the curriculum at USNA. Meanwhile, he has purposely stacked one of his cherished humanities departments with Marxist demagogues. The Naval Academy has routinely been ranked among the top ten National Liberal Arts Colleges during Buck’s tenure as Superintendent.
In the Fall of 2020, another round of Honor violations ensnared numerous Midshipmen — including members of the football team. Just like felons in Blue cities, all was forgiven and wiped clean! Cheating at USNA is now integral to the learning experience.
If Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) were at the forefront of a Naval Academy education, as previously, fewer Navy destroyers would T-bone into foreign flag super tankers off the coast of Red China. Fewer Fat Leonard ethical scandals would ensnare the entire senior Navy leadership in Asian waters. Midshipmen must put away their Little Red Books of CRT and get back to learning about warfighting!
The way to stop this terrible Marxist CRT scourge is for taxpayers to demand that it stop at every level. The Service Academies are no longer useful to the nation when they train young men and women on how to divide our nation.
Defund the Service Academies, NOW!
Jeff Cole is a Naval Academy graduate, Class of 1974, and a retired Marine Rifleman.