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Politics Gen. Mark Milley fires back against GOP criticism of critical race theory

04:50  24 june  2021
04:50  24 june  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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The most senior general in the US military, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen . Mark Milley , offered a forceful rebuke of renewed efforts from Republican members of Congress to question the Defense Department's diversity efforts and alleged embrace of " critical race theory ." Michael Gilday fired back at Republican members of Congress who criticized his recommendation of the book "How to Be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi on a voluntary reading list for Navy sailors. "What this is really about is trying to paint the United States military, and in this case, the United States Navy, as weak, as woke

Mark Milley , chairman of the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that “on the issue of critical race theory , etc., a lot of us have to get much smarter on whatever the theory is.” “I do think it’s important, actually, for those of us in uniform, to be open-minded and be widely read, and the United Milley also appeared to link “white rage” to the Jan. 6 storming of the US Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump in a bid to prevent Congress from certifying his electoral loss to President Biden. “So, what is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building, and try to overturn the Constitution

WASHINGTON — A top military official defended the U.S. military against GOP lawmakers use of "woke" as an insult for studying theories about race relations in America during a Wednesday House committee hearing.

Mark A. Milley wearing a suit and tie: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley testifies to Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 4, 2020. © Jacquelyn Martin, AP Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley testifies to Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 4, 2020.

"I've read Mao Tse-tung. I've read Karl Marx. I've read Lenin. That doesn't make me a communist," Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the nation's highest ranking military officer, said. "So, what is wrong with understanding ... having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend? And I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military — our general officers, our commissioned and non-commissioned officers — of being, quote, 'woke' or something else because we're studying some theories that are out there."

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Gen . Mark Milley , chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, fired back at GOP lawmakers who questioned the military’s interest in studying critical race theory on Wednesday during a tense exchange at a House Armed Services Committee hearing. Gaetz addressed his question on critical race theory to Austin. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pa., yielded a portion of her time later in the hearing so that Milley could respond. Austin also delivered a forceful response to Gaetz’s concerns. Click here to get the fox news app. "I don’t know what the issue of critical race theory is and what the relevance

Milley fired back against criticism from GOP lawmakers on the teaching of critical race theory at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The theory emerged during the 1980s and argues that subordination on the basis of race permeates American law and society.

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Objections to the theory follow attempts in several Republican-led states to remove discussions about race from school lesson plans.

"I do think it's important, actually, for those of us in uniform to be open-minded and be widely-read," Milley said during the House Armed Services Committee hearing. "The United States Military Academy is a university, and it is important that we train and we understand ... and I want to understand white rage. And I'm white," he added.

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Critical race theory (CRT) is an academic movement made up of civil-rights scholars and activists in the United States who seek to critically examine the law as it intersects with issues of race

Watch: Gen . Mark Milley Delivers Powerful Defense of Studying Critical Race Theory . “I’ve read Mao Zedong. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen . Mark Milley delivered a powerful defense of the military’s right to study critical race theory while speaking before Congress on Wednesday. In just under two minutes, Milley drew on history from the Civil War to the January 6th insurrection in explaining how important it is for members of the military to educate themselves on the ideas that are animating America.

Milley's comments on broadening the perspectives of military personnel came during his testimony  on the 2022 National Defense Authorization Budget Request. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III testified alongside the four-star general.

"What is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America?" Milley said of the Jan. 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump. "What caused that? I want to find that out. I want to maintain an open mind here, and I do want to analyze it."

Earlier in the hearing, Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla. said cadets, families and soldiers were concerned and alarmed about a theory he said is "rooted in Marxism" and defines an entire race of people as the "oppressor."

"I cannot think of anything more divisive and more destructive to unit morale," Waltz said. The Florida congressman is a combat-decorated Green Beret.

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Gen . Mark Milley , the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivers remarks during the change-of-command ceremony for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command on April 30, 2021, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor. (MC2 Anthony J. Rivera/Navy). Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., after he asserted that an Austin advisor is a “ critical race theorist ,” and that his sources told him Austin’s efforts to educate the force on extremism were sowing more division than unity. And then Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., a National Guard colonel and Green Beret, went off about the discussion of critical race theory at West Point, in an academic

Gaetz about critical race theory . “So what is wrong with understanding, having some situational awareness of the country which we are here to defend?” asked Army Gen . Mark Milley , chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Gaetz and other Republican lawmakers on the committee had criticized reports that the U.S. Military Academy teaches a course involving critical race theory , which is an umbrella term coined in academia in the 1970s that is broadly defined as exploring the idea that racism goes beyond individual prejudice and is interwoven in the nation’s laws and institutions, particularly

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., who earlier in the hearing said Defense Department officials hired a critical race theorist to advise them on personnel issues, shook his head during Milley's testimony.

Gaetz also criticized Austin's decision to implement a one-day "stand-down" in February to offer military leaders the chance to train troops in identifying and addressing extremism in the ranks.

"It caused service members to other-ize one another, it impaired group cohesion. And interesting to me, is that I've heard those sentiments most frequently from units that are majority-minority," Gaetz said before asking Austin how the Department of Defense should think about critical race theory.

"We do not teach critical race theory. We don't embrace critical race theory. And I think that's a spurious conversation," Austin, who is Black, said. "We are focused on extremist behaviors, and not ideologies, not people's thoughts, not people's political orientation. Behaviors is what we're focused on."

During the hearing, Milley said there is no room in the armed forces for anyone who doesn't subscribe to the values of the United States of America outlined in the Constitution.

"From private to general, there's no room for extremist behavior in the United States military," he said.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Gen. Mark Milley fires back against GOP criticism of critical race theory

Milley adds confusion to America's ambiguity on defending Taiwan .
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