Leaders at the U.S. Military Academy West Point are facing pressure from GOP Rep. Mike Waltz of Florida to stop teaching cadets critical race theory as part of their training.
Waltz told Fox News he was confronted with the racist trainings in April after “he was approached by a number of cadets, families, and active-duty soldiers stationed at West Point, who shared snippets of presentations and seminars being held at the institution related to critical race theory.” Some lectures focused on “Understanding Whiteness and White Rage” and materials discussing “White Power at West Point.”
In a letter to West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, Waltz pressed him on whether the institution should be engaged in teaching future military leaders that “the civilian institutions and structures with ultimate authority over them… are systemically oppressive and that they, therefore, have a duty to oppose them.”
In his response, Williams acknowledged that the academy did offer one course containing critical race theory materials called “The Politics of Race, Gender, and Sexuality.”
“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. “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.”
Williams also confirmed that Dr. Carol Anderson, an anti-Trump academic who pushes critical race theory materials, gave a lecture to approximately 100 cadets.
Waltz, however, was not satisfied with Williams’ answer and sent a second letter on Wednesday asking for more details on the courses which he called “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.”
“While I appreciate the substantive details you provided, I did not receive ‘the full presentation of these seminars, presentations, assemblies, and other related curricula’ that I have respectfully requested in my oversight capacity as a Member of Congress on the House Armed Services Committee. My request still stands,” Waltz wrote.
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