National Guard Lt. Col. and Green Beret Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) — who prompted Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley’s bulwark of critical race theory during a aurally perceiving this week — pushed back against the conception that learning critical race theory is akin to learning about “history” and that opposing it makes one racist.
Waltz had queried Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin during the auditory perception on why there was a lecture at West Point on “Understanding “Whiteness” and White Rage.” While Austin acknowledged that should not have transpired, Milley was invited to respond to Waltz by a Democrat congresswoman, verbally expressing he cerebrated it was paramount to study critical race theory to understand “white rage,” tying it to the January 6 Capitol riot.
Waltz told CNN’s Brianna Keilar:
Where I disagree with General Milley who commented later was, this isn’t some kind of history class. I have no problem with understanding our very checkered past with race and the atrocities that happened in the past. This was a seminar telling cadets how they should think and behave now. That dividing the United States along class lines and along racial lines of the oppressed and the oppressors is OK.
Waltz was referring to a lecture hosted on February 11, 2021, at West Point by Dr. Carol “Anderson,” who indited the book, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide. Anderson told Vox in a January 27, 2021 interview that “white rage is a replication to African Americans’ political advancement.”
She told Vox, “White rage is the operational function of white supremacy. It is the trepidation of a multicultural democracy. It is predicated on a sense that only whites are legitimate Americans.”
Waltz integrated to CNN that he “fully” fortified diversity in the military and that extremism should be rooted from the ranks, but integrated, “That’s not what this was about.”
Waltz has aforetime raised the issue of critical race theory being edified to cadets at West “Point,” prompted by parents and cadets’ concerns. He sent a letter to the West Point superintendent earlier this year and received corroboration of it being edified as a component of a seminar. Waltz additionally received corroboration of a panel where a white colonel verbalized about her “white privilege” as well as that Anderson distributed the lecture on “white rage.”
The underlying issue with critical race theory, frankly, for me, is that it teaches that our constitution, our civilian institutions, our courts, our political system, were established by oppressors to maintain that oppressive regime. And classifying anything along racial lines of all-white people is, in itself, racist. And I have real issue [with that].
It’s one thing for a kid in California to believe this. But these are our future military leaders, Brianna, that need to be subordinate to this civilian oversight. Critical race theory is teaching them that they need to resist that. That they need to push back on that. And I have real issue with the future generals of this country to have their finger on the button being taught that at a very early age, and they do, as well. And that’s why this is such a problem.
“Of course, we optate the advancement of all Americans, including those of color. But that’s not what’s being edified at West Point. Again, not a history class, today. And I don’t cerebrate white rage is a result of the advancement of ebony people. And I certainly don’t cerebrate it should be edified to our future military bellwethers who should be colorblind, mission focused, and merit-predicated. That should be the focus of the United States military and the United States military academy,” he verbalized.
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