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Congressman Wants Air Force Prof Yanked For Teaching Critical Race Theory

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A Republican congressman has called for an Air Force Academy professor who defended teaching critical race theory to be removed from her position, describing her comments as “utterly unacceptable and incompatible with the mission of our United States Military Service Academies.”

“Disparaging the United States as a racist country should disqualify anyone from teaching at one of our country’s most prestigious institutions,” Rep. Mark Green (R-Tenn.), a West Point graduate and retired US Army major, told Acting Air Force Secretary John Roth in a letter dated Wednesday.

“Our service academies prepare young men and women to fight for our country. How can we expect anyone to fight for a country they are taught is racist?”

Green was responding to a Washington Post op-ed by Lynne Chandler García, an associate professor of political science. García wrote that she teaches critical race theory because “it is vital that cadets understand the history of the racism that has shaped both foreign and domestic policy.”

Critical race theory holds that racism underlies all human interaction and views the human experience as a constant struggle between the races, often with a focus on “white privilege.” Concerns that the theory will be studied in elementary, middle and high schools have led to a backlash from parents and Republican lawmakers, who say it teaches children to judge each other based on skin color.

“In my classes, cadets learn about the ideals embedded in this founding document,” wrote García, referring to the Constitution. “We explore the liberalist theories that promoted these ideals, and we embrace our democratic system of government. But we also acknowledge that the United States was founded on a duality: liberalism and equal rights on the one hand; inequality, inegalitarianism and second-class citizenship on the other.”

García went on to say that the military “still struggles” with issues of racism, which she claimed was “… (Read more)

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