OPINION – Kaitlyn Romaine, an exceptionally bright student at the College of the Holy Cross, just wrote an Op-ed published by the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal. In it she explains how she was shocked at her parents’ response to her asking their thoughts on her joining the military.
The piece is titled “How Critical Race Theory Endangers America’s National Security.”
Romaine, who is also a member of the Young Leaders Program in the Center for National Defense at Heritage, wrote:
I asked my parents about what they would think, theoretically, if I joined the military. As proud Americans with the utmost respect for our armed forces, I figured surely they would not have a problem with this idea.
Much to my surprise, the first words out of my mother’s mouth were, “With the way this country is headed, what will there be left to defend?”
She noted that her mother was “not doubting America’s values or the worthwhileness of military service. Rather, she was coming from a place of concern for America’s future, foreseeing a world where its greatness would be attacked from within.”
Romaine went on to express her concerns about critical race theory (CRT) which she describes as a “hateful ideology [that] preaches against American principles and may undermine the future of America’s military.” She cogently explains:
Critical race theory asserts that the United States is systemically racist. It follows Marxist ideology by breaking people into groups of oppressors and oppressed based on their race. Making race the focus of all things, the adoption and teaching of critical race theory leads to institutionalized, state-sponsored racism.
CRT teaches that “certain people deserve preferential treatment based on their skin color, while other races should be punished. This is ironically similar to the racism it claims to extinguish.”
These teachings have become a controversial problem within America’s military.
The Navy’s professional reading list includes books on critical race theory and identity politics. What’s even more worrisome is that the military has not been receptive to anti-critical race theory arguments. In May, Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier was fired as commander of a U.S. Space Force unit for offering a different opinion about the military’s critical race theory teachings.
Many Americans see the dangers of this ideology. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, launched a tip line in May for active military members to report critical race theory in their “diversity training” programs. They have received hundreds of tips.
As The Heritage Foundation’s Dakota Wood explains, “Success in combat depends on the cohesion and competence of the forces involved. … Critical race theory and other such divisive concepts would destroy all this.”
Most importantly, she notes: “Our service members take an oath to defend the Constitution and the U.S., to the point of putting their lives on the line,” and asks: “Why would America’s youth step up to do the same when they are taught that this country is inherently evil?”
That’s a great question Ms Romaine. You are one bright patriotic young American. ADN