A conservative public interest legal group has sued the Defense Department for records to determine if West Point cadets are being indoctrinated with Critical Race Theory.
Judicial Watch said in a recent statement that it sued the Pentagon after the agency refused its request for documents about the training.
Specifically, Judicial Watch sought copies of all “diversity, inclusion, and equity training materials for first-year Cadets entering West Point.” That included lists of reading and presentation materials that promote diversity, inclusion, and equity for new cadets.
Judicial Watch also wanted copies of all contracts between the U.S Military Academy and any organization or company “responsible for coordinating and implementing diversity, inclusion, and equity programs and training” for cadets.
The action was backed by U.S. Rep. Mike Waltz of Florida, a West Point graduate and former Green Beret, who wrote the school’s superintendent inquiring whether DIE training was mandatory for cadets.
He noted he had information that cadets were lectured on lessons such as “White Power at West Point” and “Racist Dog Whistles at West Point.”
Back in June, Waltz sparred with Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who criticized lawmakers for making CRT an issue. In a hearing, Milley said, “I want to understand white rage. And I’m white.” The general then tried to link this linchpin of leftist thought to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S Capitol.
“What is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America. What caused that?” Milley asked. “I want to find that out.”
In his letter to West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, Waltz also noted that last September cadets were forced to sit through a presentation by “an active-duty female colonel” who described for the Corps of Cadets “how she become ‘woke’ to her white privilege, and felt guilty for the advantages of her race.”
“At this same assembly, white police officers were described as murderers with no context or court documents provided to corroborate the anecdotes of police brutality. While this session may have been well intended to invoke awareness and understanding, I am hearing forcefully that this session and others like it are instead breading insult and resentment,” Waltz wrote.
The congressman added, “These critical race theory teachings take aim at those key pillars and pit cadets against one another through divisive indoctrination under the pressure of ‘wokeism.’”
“There is no doubt our country has had to overcome atrocious racial bigotry. We have made enormous progress and there is still much to be done in our country. But, the United States military, uniquely in American society, must strive to unify.”
“Unfortunately,” Waltz concluded, “these seminars imbue in our future military leaders that they should treat their fellow officers and soldiers differently based on race and on socio-economic background. In a combat environment, where every soldier must equally share the burden of danger, I cannot think of a notion more destructive to unit cohesion and morale.”
In a statement, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton explained the need for the lawsuit.
“Critical race theory is racist, anti-American, and repackaged Marxism. It has no place in our military, let alone the storied heights of West Point,” Fitton said.
“The Pentagon needs to immediately follow the FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] law so the American people can fully understand and stop the extremist indoctrination of the U.S. Army’s rising leadership at West Point.”
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