WOKE WATCH – What many call the ‘woke subversion’ of the U.S. military continues to grow under the Biden Administration. Every day we see reports of woke excesses being perpetrated by an ideologically biased leadership at the Pentagon. But the backlash to this reverse racism has begun and is growing as well. Deeply concerned by the growing infusion of the neo-Marxist critical race theory (CRT) into the military, a coalition of veterans and congressional Republicans are demanding the Pentagon stop the left-wing activism and focus on national defense.
One such group is STARRS. An incident at the Air Force Academy in July 2020 where his complaints about their showing a film advocating for Black Lives Matter (BLM) prompted retired Lt. Gen. Rod Bishop to co-found a veterans advocacy group called Stand Together Against Racism and Radicalism in the Services. In less than a year, STARRS membership grew into the hundreds, including dozens of officers and retired military officials.
With the explosion of CRT and woke indoctrination under Biden now, along with the related and politicized ‘anti-extremism agenda,’ expect groups like STARRS to only grow.
In addition to the BLM film, cadets at the academy also spoke about running into books by Malcolm X and other far-left radicals in a new “Diversity and Inclusion Reading Room” at the elite military service school.
“Rather than e pluribus unum, rather than teamwork, rather than cohesion, we’re being taught an ideology which seeks to divide us based on the color of our skin,” Bishop told the Washington Free Beacon. “I’ve flown into combat zones. It didn’t matter if my copilot was black or not.”
Meanwhile, during his confirmation hearings in January, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin ominously told the Senate that the Pentagon’s job is to “keep America safe from our enemies. But we can’t do that if some of those enemies lie within our own ranks.”
But these enemies ‘within our own ranks’ are actually the hyper-politicized and ideological Pentagon that Austin is now leading.
“There’s a culture of fear within the military now,” Bishop said. “On the one hand, it’s okay to cheer on Black Lives Matter [on a military base], but if you speak out against this Marxist ideology you’ll be relieved of your duties. Ask yourself, ‘Is this what China and Russia are concerned about?'”
As the Free Beacon noted:
Many Republicans in Congress share similar objections to the injection of radical ideologies into the armed forces. On Wednesday, 30 of them called on Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to “take action to fight back against the creeping left-wing extremism in the U.S. military.” Republicans in the House and Senate expressed alarm at the firing of U.S. Space Force Lt. Colonel Matthew Lohmeier, who criticized the “neo-Marxist” agenda infiltrating the military. House Republicans are demanding the military change course from its focus on diversity. With a growing threat from China, they argue, the military must remain focused on winning wars rather than appeasing fringe left-wing activists.
“The military’s long history of standing above politics has made it one of the most respected institutions in America and enabled our armed forces to both defend the Homeland and serve as one of the bulwarks of our constitutional order,” wrote Rep. Matt Rosendale (R., Mont.). “That legacy is now in jeopardy.”
The Beacon added:
Rep. Randy Weber (R., Texas), who signed the letter to Austin, said the imposition of critical race theory from top military brass is more damaging than the social media posts of individual soldiers. He called on other members of the military and the public to speak out and pressure the Pentagon.
“Patriotic Americans cannot stand idly by watching the politicization of our armed forces. George Washington—first a general, then a president—relinquished his commission before entering office,” Weber wrote. “A truly visionary leader, he recognized the perils of a politically-biased military. Our men and women in uniform are not lab rats in a social science experiment.”