Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) Told Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Thursday that “hundreds” of military whistleblowers have reported being forced to receive “anti-American indoctrination” training, including Critical Race Theory (CRT) .
In a Senate hearing with Austin, Cotton claims that there is morale within the military, a growing mistrust between races and genders, where no one existed just six months ago, and unexpected retirements and separations based on these trainings alone. . ‘
One whistleblower, Cotton claims, said military history training had been replaced with training on police brutality, ‘systemic racism’ and ‘white privilege’. Another said his unit should read according to Senator ‘White Fragility’ by feminist writer and proponent of critical theory Robin DiAngelo.
In May, the Space Force confirmed that it was lt.col. Matthew Lohmeier, a former instructor and fighter pilot, is relieved as commander of the 11th Space Warning Squadron. Although it did not specifically mention the reason, the Space Force cites comments made by Lohmeier during a podcast in which he denounces CRT and warns about the spread of Marxism within the ranks.
CRT, which relies heavily on Marxist critical theory and postmodernist writers, condemns American and Western culture as oppressive and often claims that American culture and institutions promote ‘systemic racism’ or ‘white supremacy’. Some critics have argued that proponents of the ideology use Marxist tactics of ‘class struggle’ to drive people along the lines of gender, race and ethnicity rather than between the ‘proletariat’ and ‘bourgeoisie’.
At the hearing, Austin told Cotton that some training should ensure that the military ‘welcomes everyone who can qualify and who is fit to serve’.
“We need to look like the America that supports and defends us, and senior leadership needs to look like what’s in the ranks,” he said.
But Cotton suggested that allegations that the military was trying to promote diversity with such training were incorrect, saying that it was based on a very specific kind of anti-American indoctrination that is seeping into some parts of our military. on the bell-ringers we received. ”
“The military has been one of the institutions in society for decades where you are likely to come based on your own performance, your own merits, regardless of the color of your skin, where you came from, who your parents were,” Cotton said. .
Austin replied: ‘I absolutely agree with that, I’m an example of that, adding that the military needs to be’ a little better ‘and’ absolutely inclusive ‘and promote’ fairness’. The terms “inclusive“And”fairnessUsed for years in social justice circles.
Austin then argues that it will be the ‘most effective and deadly fighting force in the world’.