U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) is going after a Department of Defense (DOD) education official over her remarks on Twitter about white people.
Rogers, who serves as the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, issued a letter to the DOD along with Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.). Banks chairs the Military Personnel Subcommittee and told the New York Post he plans to root out “wokeness” in the military.
The education official in question is the DOD Education Activity’s chief diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) officer, Kelisa Wing. Wing oversees the curriculum at the DOD Education Activity.
According to Fox News, Wing Tweeted last year that she was “exhausted by 99% of the white men in education and 95% of the white women” and, in another Tweet, told people to “stop centering this on whiteness.”
In yet more Tweets dating back to 2020, Wing said that “racism is ingrained in the very fabric of our country,” promoted left-wing children’s books like “Antiracist Baby,” by Ibram X. Kendi and described herself as a “woke administrator.”
After Republican lawmakers became aware of Wing’s Tweets in October, they pressed the Pentagon to conduct an investigation. However, nothing has been heard since, leading Rogers and Banks to request “all documents and communications” from the DOD about whether defense officials were aware of her comments when she was hired.
Bank’s subcommittee also asked for educational material related to race and early childhood curricula.
“Our society values the virtues of merit, hard work, and equality of opportunity which distinguish our nation from others,” the letter read. “It is outrageous that a DOD official whose job it is to oversee “worldwide K-12 education programs for the children of DOD personnel,” has engaged in racially disparaging comments with clearly inflammatory language on her social media and in other writings. Her comments do not represent the American ideal to treat everyone with respect.”
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