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Republican Sen. Tom Cotton said America’s troops are being indoctrinated with the lie that “the entire U.S. army is racist’” and that the country they represent is “a fundamentally racist and evil nation.” 

“I have received, along with Congressman Crenshaw, several hundred whistleblower complaints about Pentagon extremist and diversity training,” Cotton said Thursday during a Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing.

Cotton reported these trainings are leading to “plummeting morale, growing mistrust between the races and sexes where none existed just six months ago, and unexpected retirements and separations.”

“These are not my words,” Cotton emphasized, “These are the words of your own troops.”

Cotton said officers are leaving their positions, in response to the indoctrination: “One marine told us that […] a military history training session was replaced with mandatory training on police brutality, white privilege, and systemic racism. He reported that several officers are now leaving his unit, citing that training.”

He continued to provide additional examples of military-promoted racism:

Another service member told us that their unit was required to read “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo which claims, and this is a quote, “white people raised in western society are conditioned into a white supremacist worldview.” A member of the special operations community has told us that they are being instructed that, quote, “the U.S. special operations community is racist.”

Such stories are just the tip of the iceberg. Cotton told the story of one Airman who said his unit was forced to participate in “a racist exercise called a ‘privilege walk,’ where members of the wing were ordered to separate themselves by race and gender, in order to stratify people based on their perceived ‘privilege.’”

Troops are increasingly being judged and dehumanized by their immutable characteristics, rather than be celebrated for the skills they bring to the job. Cotton shared a quote from an African American officer who said, “The navy thinks my only value is as a black woman,” and “not the fact that she is a highly trained military specialist,” he added. 

In response to these complaints, Cotton questioned U.S. Secretary

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