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A Florida Republican in the House is demanding that the US Military Academy at West Point cease teaching cadets critical race theory, in a new letter submitted to Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darry Williams.
Rep. Mike Waltz, a former Green Beret and Afghan War veteran, said in the letter to the head of the upstate New York academy that the theory is “divisive” and “terrifying and destructive,” Fox News reported Wednesday.
“I think it is incredibly divisive,” Waltz told Fox.
“The underlying piece of critical race theory is that civilian institutions in this country are inherently misogynist, racist, and colonialist, and therefore it is our duty to resist them,” the Florida Republican said.
“That is fine for activists,” he said. “But one of these cadets is going to be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and being taught that the Constitution is critically flawed?”
Waltz has said he was first approached by concerned West Point parents in April, which is when he made first contact with the superintendent about the issue.
Waltz provided examples of a lecture called “Understanding Whiteness and White Rage” and a classroom slide labeled “White Power at West Point,” according to Fox News.
In the new letter to Williams, Waltz said the nation is “on incredibly perilous ground” if future military leaders are taught the controversial theories.
In Williams’ response to Waltz, also obtained by Fox, the superintendent said one course at West Point deals with the subject — “The Politics of Race, Gender, and Sexuality.”
He said it includes two lessons on the topic and uses the textbook, “Critical Race Theory: An Introduction.” Williams said it is an upper-level elective course taken by about 23 cadets a year, primarily political science majors.
In his response to Waltz, Williams said that “extremism in any form is antithetical to the values of our Army and Nation and has no place at West Point,” according to Fox.
Critical race theory dictates that race is an underlying dynamic of all human interaction and views the human experience as a constant power struggle between the races, often with a focus on “white privilege.”
“Enemies’ bullets don’t care about race, religion, or socioeconomic background — they only care that you’re an American,” Waltz told Fox News. “The military I grew up in teaches you that you bleed green, and your skin color is camouflage. White, black, brown — you’re all the same. You’re now in service of the flag.”
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