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June 29, 2022

West Point Is Teaching CRT

Judicial Watch reveals that cadets are being indoctrinated with critical race theory.

The government watchdog group Judicial Watch recently obtained documents from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point which show that the military school is indoctrinating cadets with the Marxist-based critical race theory. Based on the documents, it is clear that cadets are not simply being taught about CRT, as if it were just another theory on race inequality. Rather, they are being instructed in CRT as a statement of fact.

Upon looking through the documents, which were extracted through a Freedom of Information Act filing, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued a disconcerting warning: “Our military is under attack — from within. These documents show racist, anti-American CRT propaganda is being used to try to radicalize our rising generation of Army leadership at West Point.”

One slide from a CRT lesson tackles the issue of “whiteness” by asserting it is a privileged status. The lesson states, “In order to understand racial inequality and slavery, it is first necessary to address whiteness.” It goes on to define “whiteness” with three points: “1) Is a location of structural advantage, of race privilege. 2) A standpoint or place from which white people look at themselves and the rest of society. 3) Refers to a set of cultural practices that are usually unmarked and unnamed.”

There are several additional examples of CRT indoctrination. A section on “Modern Day Slavery in the USA” lists several things it asserts “blacks are less likely than whites to” have or experience, including a college education, medical screening tests, bank approval for a home mortgage, owning a home, and a job promotion. Meanwhile, another list of negative things “blacks are more likely than whites to” have or experience include “live below the poverty line, be victims of homicide,” and “be incarcerated,” to name just a few.

Of course, the data sets are neither honestly nor contextually analyzed as to why such discrepancies might exist. Instead, as CRT proponents do, the only reason given for these differences is racism — or, more specifically, systemic racism.

The great irony in teaching CRT at West Point is that U.S. military academies have a long history of promoting that American ideal of meritocracy as opposed to classism or, in the case of CRT, victimology.

America has long been dubbed the land of opportunity precisely because our nation was birthed on the ideal of individual equality. In other words, class, gender, or race don’t make one less equal. The only limiting factor is an individual’s own God-given talents and drive to pursue engaging those talents. Of course, this doesn’t mean that America’s history was perfect or that there were no societal impediments placed in people’s paths, such as the injustice of slavery. However, those injustices have systematically been removed, clearing the path ever wider for any who cared to pursue his or her dream.

Sadly, the young cadets at West Point are being instructed in the poison of CRT, which declares that it’s not their God-given talents or work ethic that has gotten them to where they are but rather immutable physical qualities such as skin color or sex. It’s a sick twisting of history and a willful demonization of America. Hopefully, many of West Point’s brightest will see through this deceitful and resentful ideology.

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