Waltz Presses West Point on Critical Race Theory Lessons
Washington, June 9, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, U.S. Congressman Mike Waltz (FL-6) sent a second letter to Lieutenant General Darryl A. Williams, Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, with additional questions about the vetting of speakers and seminars, as well as whether the U.S. Military Academy intends to keep Critical Race Theory in its curriculum going forward.
You can read notable excerpts from Rep. Waltz’s response below:
While I appreciate the substantive details you provided, I did not receive “the full presentation of these seminars, presentations, assemblies, and other related curricula” that I have respectfully requested in my oversight capacity as a Member of Congress on the House Armed Services Committee. My request still stands. Additionally, I have further concerns with the information you have shared with me that I would like to convey to you in this letter.
You confirm in your letter to me that Dr. Carol Anderson of Emory University was indeed invited as a guest lecturer at West Point to teach the courses of “HI463—Race, Ethnicity, and Nation” and “HI460—Civil Rights Movements.” You also explain she “described, in subtle ways, by which black Americans have been disadvantaged through historical American policy.”
You also confirm to me that the book Critical Race Theory: An Introduction is used in a political science course. CRT is a theoretical framework, rooted in Marxism, that posits individuals as oppressed or oppressor based on their gender, race, or sexual orientation. These teachings posit Americans as the oppressed or an oppressor—a status from which you are freed only when all existing societal structures, which are inherently systemically racist, are torn down or overthrown. Not only are these teachings antithetical to unity, discipline, and order within the U.S. Army, they are incredibly disturbing given the monopoly on power our military can have over American society and for their implications towards the continued subordination of the military to civilian oversight.
In that vein, I am respectfully making you aware that legislation (H.R. 3134) was introduced on May 12th 2021 in the United States House of Representatives, that I cosponsored, to prohibit the United States military and academies from promoting doctrines associated with CRT. I am also an original cosponsor of legislation (H.R. 3046) that would prohibit U.S. Military Academies from providing training and education based on CRT. These proposals will likely be considered within the FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act.