Friday, August 20, 2021

Air Force Academy requires training linked to critical race theory and Black Lives Matter

By Mike Brest, Defense Reporter  August 18, 2021

The Air Force Academy requires its incoming cadets to watch a diversity and inclusion video supportive of attending a Black Lives Matter chapter meeting.  Critics argue this proves military academies have implemented critical race theory as part of their curriculum.

“We are pleased to offer this introductory D&I course as part of our commitment to working with cadets and cadet candidates in fostering a safe community built on mutual respect, teamwork, and personal dignity......... “I can confirm this is part of required training for inbound cadets,” Air Force Academy spokesman Dean Miller told the Washington Examiner. “This is the first year this training has been used, and it is used at universities across the country.”

Retired Lt. Gen. Rod Bishop and Dr. Ron Scott, a retired USAF Col., created an organization, Stand Together Against Racism and Radicalism in the Services, Incorporated, to stop the implementation of critical race theory, which they argue is “simply Marxism repackaged in new terms.”

Black Lives Matter as an organization has openly espoused Marxism as part of its stated aims, though the phrase is often used to describe concerns about police shootings in black communities.

Critical race theory dates back to the 1970s, and it provides an alternative perspective on the country's history of issues of race. Critical race theorists allege that the country's foundational institutions are designed to keep white people ahead of minorities, requiring the dismantlement of the system to achieve a more just society...........“It’s what to think versus how to think,” and the “problem with that is there is a natural power dynamic in higher education, or really in any education, where if the professors are steering you towards a certain way to think, and you buck that, your grade suffers,” he added.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the Department of Defense does not “teach” or “embrace ” the theory during a House Armed Services Committee budget hearing in June, but Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave an impassioned speech defending the merits of teaching the theory, comparing it to learning about Mao Zedong and Karl Marx, during the same hearing.........To Read More....

 

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