Lawmakers and the Navy are bogged down in a fiery war of words over a top brass-approved reading list the GOP says is “anti-American.” The battle is part of a broader campaign of sweeping changes by President Biden’s Pentagon to make the military “more inclusive” to minorities through symbolic changes like rainbow flags and maternity flight suits.
House Armed Services Committee members Doug Lamborn and Jim Banks raked Navy chief Mike Gilday over the coals at a budget hearing this week over the inclusion of a controversial book on racism in America in a recommended reading list for sailors.
The 2019 study, which became a New York Times bestseller in the wake of last year’s George Floyd protests, and adopted by some US schools, suggests that being non-racist is not enough, and that Americans must positively demonstrate their antiracism for their country to get over its painful history of racial oppression.
Critics, however, have argued that the book proposes reverse discrimination and extreme political correctness, and claimed that Dr. Kendi considers America itself to be “racist to its core.”
At the hearing, Admiral Gilday dodged Lamborn’s questions, saying he was a commander, “not a theorist.”
“There is racism in the Navy just like there’s racism in our country, and the way we’re going to get after it is to be honest about it, not to sweep it under the rug, and talk about it,” the commanding…