West Point is giving Army trainees seminars about ‘whiteness’ and critical race theory
The US military teaches critical race theory to cadets at the prestigious West Point Academy, newly obtained training materials show.
The documents obtained by Fox News Digital of the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, show that future military leadership is being taught to recognize its “whiteness” and “privilege” and answer training questions through the lens of critical race theory.
Judicial Watch had to sue the US military twice under the Freedom of Information Act before its training slides were released, according to Fox News.
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, described the racial training materials as “anti-American” and “propaganda.”
“Our military is under attack — from within,” Fitton said in a press release. “These documents show that racist, anti-American CRT propaganda is being used to try to radicalize our emerging generation of military leaders at West Point.”
A slide of the classes taught to West Point cadets. The slide gives the cadets a definition of “whiteness” and describes how it helps some, but not others
A slide from the training materials defining Critical Race Theory for West Point Cadets
The main campus of the West Point Military Academy, in West Point, New York. West Point is the United States Army’s most elite officer training academy
The documents consist of more than 600 pages of training materials, including presentation slides and accompanying questions.
While some focus on issues as mundane as bullying, others focus on the experience of blacks in America and apply critical race theory directly to the problem.
One slide titled “Whiteness” is followed by a definition of the term, describing it as “a location of structural advantage, of racing privilege”A point of view or place from which white people view themselves and the rest of society” and “Refers to a range of cultural practices that are usually unmarked and nameless.”
A slide from the training asking cadets to think about what WEB Du Bois would think of the movie Barbershop
A slide from West Point’s training materials describing an unspoken barrier between black and white in America
A page from the training materials showing the difference between black and white opportunities in America
In other sections, cadets are asked to apply critical race theory to scenarios:
‘Do you think Affirmative Action creates an environment for ‘reverse discrimination?’ Please use CRT to back up your answer,” it reads.
Another says, ‘What’s the difference between desegregation vs integration? How would you apply a CRT tenant to this idea?’
The materials inform cadets that white people have “mainly benefited from civil rights law” and talk about “modern slavery in the US.”
In another section, cadets are asked ‘What would WEB Du Bois think of Barbershop?’ referring to the Ice Cube movie about a black barbershop in south Chicago.
Some even call on the author of the Communist Manifesto Karl Marx to explain that capitalism creates social structures in which the less fortunate are exploited.
‘Our military is under attack – from within,’ said Tom Fitton, chairman of conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch
United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. Neither he nor the Department of Defense have commented on the release of the West Point training materials
The Defense Department has not commented on the materials, nor has Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s office.
Critical race theory — the idea that racism is so ingrained in the fundamental systems of American equality that they ultimately favor whites at the expense of blacks — has become an increasingly controversial issue as its role in the American education system is debated.
Progressives have argued that it should be taught to all Americans and early, while conservatives have vehemently argued that it is anti-American and should be banned.
Some have argued that it has no place in the US military because it teaches soldiers that the constitution they are sworn to defend is inherently racist.
President Trump created a committee in January 2021 to ban critical race theory from schools, but it was withdrawn by President Biden just two days later on his first day in office.
A page from the training material referring to Karl Marx in his argument that capitalism exploits people
A slide from the released training material teaching West Point cadets what inclusion means