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More than one-half century ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial with a plea for unity and an end to racism in the United States. He dreamt of a country in which all people were judged by the content of the character and not the color of their skin.

As an infantry platoon leader amidst 485 days of fierce fighting on the Afghan-Pakistan border during the War in Afghanistan, my men and I lived that aspiration. Eighty-five percent of my “Outlaw Platoon” earned Purple Hearts for wounds received in combat from those determined to kill us. But we stuck together and eliminated 350 enemy combatants on our way to becoming one of the most celebrated platoons since September 11.

Looking back now at those life-or-death moments in combat, the last thing on my mind was the skin color of the people fighting alongside me. The only thing that mattered was knowing I could trust a fellow soldier with my life.

Our platoon included just about every race, creed, and religion you find in our great country. But we all wore green and we all bled red. Those were the only colors that mattered.

This sense of obligation and loyalty to my platoon kept me alive. But it is now what has me so disheartened by the far-left extremists insistent on teaching students to view everything through the lens of race through an idea known as critical race theory.

Critical race theory teaches students that our language, culture, and idea of merit-based learning is inherently racist and must be scrapped. It seeks to elevate divisions and identity groups, while sacrificing the individual and content of his or her character.

It’s gotten so bad that some education officials in California argue that marking a math question incorrect is a form of white supremacy. Now we are learning that the National Education Association, which is the nation’s largest teacher’s union, recently approved a plan to teach critical race theory in every state in America across 14,000 school districts.

This educational abomination is not just from some far-off school district on the west coast. It is happening right

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