(READ) Critical Race Theory a ‘top focus’ of Air Force cadet training

The watchdog group Judicial Watch has obtained a copy of records from the Defense Department showing the Air Force Academy has made race and gender instruction a top priority in training cadets.

The records include recommendations that the Air Force consider “Behavioral Science 362, ‘Class, Race, Gender, and Sexuality’ as a core class,” that all curriculum be reviewed for “D&I” (diversity and inclusion) topics, and that all cadets and staff be educated in “specific D&I concepts and skills in order to decrease incidents of microaggressions, unconscious bias, etc.”

Judicial Watch was able to access the records as a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit they filed on behalf of Stand Together Against Racism and Radicalism in the Services, Inc. (STARRS) against the Defense Dept. asking for Air Force Academy records regarding “systemic racism,” as well as records of Critical Race Theory at the Academy.

These documents show our military and its rising leadership are under attack from within. The documents confirm U.S. Air Force Academy leadership is obsessed with anti-American critical race theory and seeks to punish and smear cadets through leftist indoctrination programs.

Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch President

The information below is excerpted from Judicial Watch’s records.

In the introduction to the September 21, 2020, “U.S. Air Force Academy Internal Racial Disparity Review,” Superintendent Lt. General Jay Silveria writes:

Systemic racism exists in our society. Identity groups, whether based on race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or disability, have all experienced less-than-equal treatment in our nation, both historically and persisting in the present day. Ongoing events across our nation and around the world are a stark reminder that racism and social injustice continue to afflict our society. We must acknowledge that at USAFA we are not immune to these issues. What happens outside our gates also happens across our installation, and throughout the Cadet Wing. We would be naive to think otherwise, and negligent to ignore the impact of racism and injustice on our cadets, our permanent party and their families and our entire USAFA community.

Our military superiority relies on an incredibly diverse force of innovative individuals who must
work cohesively as a team. There is no place in our words or actions for discrimination or racial
bias of any kind, nor can we allow these behaviors to persist in the culture of our institution. A
disregard for dignity and respect is corrosive to mission success, and will not be tolerated. To
address these issues we must each, and as a cohesive team, look inward to continually examine
ourselves and our institution for the prevalence of racism, discrimination, and injustice.

To that end, I directed what I hope will be an enduring, lasting effort to promote racial
understanding and diversity in the context of leadership. These actions included the
establishment of a Critical Conversations Working Group (CCWG), led by the Center for
Character Development (CCLD), to facilitate recurring USAFA-wide critical conversations for
cadets and permanent party. In addition, my Director of Staff and the Director of Equal
Opportunity co-chaired an internal assessment and review for biases within our policies,
processes, practices, curriculum, and artifacts. The objective of the assessment was to identify
racial disparities unique to USAFA.

Under a heading “Limitations” in the “Purpose and Context” section the review states: 

We must continually work to build future leaders and reinforce the principles that underpin our “Leader of Character” framework- living honorably, lifting others, and elevating performance- in the context of equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion, and respect for others. As an institution that develops officers to lead a diverse force, USAFA must instill these principles in those we teach and lead. These young men and women will ultimately shape the future culture of our military, and in turn influence the larger American society. As such, there is no place in our words and actions for discrimination or racial bias of any kind at USAFA, or in our Air and Space Forces.

Within the section titled “Diversity and Inclusion at USAFA [U.S. Air Force Academy],” under the heading “Additional Data Sources,” the review cites a 2020Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) survey of cadets in the Class of 2024:

The survey collected information on student’s opinions on racial understanding, racial discrimination, preferential treatment (based on race/ethnicity), and other D&I (diversity & inclusion) related topics. Cursory analysis of the CL24 responses indicates:

  • 16% of our incoming cadets find that helping to promote racial understanding is not
    important ( 17% of Caucasian cadets, 15% of Minority cadets). The remainder of the
    cadets responded that it was somewhat important (38%), very important (28%), or
    essential ( 18 %).
  • 24% of our incoming cadets agreed that racial discrimination is no longer a major
    problem in America. The remainder of the cadets disagreed with that statement.
  • 75% of our incoming cadets rated themselves as average or above average when
    comparing themselves to the average person their own age in terms of their
    understanding of others.
  • One question asked whether the student agrees/disagrees whether individuals from
    disadvantaged social backgrounds should be given preferential treatment in college
    admissions. 65% of the Caucasian and 45% of the Minority cadets disagreed while 35%
    of the Caucasian and 55% of the Minority cadets agreed with that statement.

Later in that section, under the heading “Equal Opportunity (USAF/EO,” the Air Force Academy’s Equal Opportunity office recommends the Academy:

Consider implementing Behavioral Science 362, ‘Class, Race, Gender, and Sexuality’ as a core class or pulling the content into shorter transition-week training opportunities spread across a cadet’s USAFA career. The material is highly regarded by cadets and graduates, and the information could be implemented on a larger scale (to include training for basics and sessions for each year group) to help cadets mature into D&I professionals for the Air Force.

In the section titled “The Way Forward,” the review introduces a “Triple Threat Group,” which was established in June 2020 “after national conversations surrounding police brutality, release of news articles addressing racial disparities in the AF discipline system, and the height of racial tension.” The review continues: “Triple Threat’s ongoing efforts align theory and considerations on how USAFA could address racial tension and unrest using a 3-tiered, ‘triple threat’ approach of Acknowledgment, Action, and Advocacy. In clarifying the need to address this issue, as well as to demonstrate the importance of these efforts, Triple Threat solicited shared stories from current cadets and graduates from the past year that captured realities and perceptions that bring awareness to the ‘Black experience” at USAFA [U.S. Air Force Academy].”

Also in that section of the review is a heading titled “Recommendations” that includes:

  • Ensure Diversity and Inclusion is incorporated into USAFA [U.S. Air Force Academy] guidance and policy. [Academy’s] Diversity and Inclusion plan must be updated as a strategic document guiding D&I [diversity and inclusion] efforts across the institution.
  • Expand the DF-led [dean of faculty] curriculum review to ensure all [Academy] curriculum, as identified under the Course of Instruction, is reviewed for D&I [diversity and inclusion]topics.
  • Educate and train cadets and staff on more specific D&I [diversity and inclusion] concepts and skills in order to decrease incidents of microaggressions, unconscious bias, etc., and enhance retention/inclusion. In addition, we must train our leaders across the institution on how to facilitate critical conversations on racial issues within their workplaces, so all Airmen can bring their full selves to work and leaders can create more inclusive spaces. Correlated to this effort is the need to develop a more robust racial bias incident reporting system with associated accountability and rehabilitation processes to restore relationships in the event biases or microaggressions are experienced.

In the “Triple Threat Proposal,” appendix, the review calls for “Cultural Immersion Movie Nights:”

Cultural Immersion Movie Nights is an initiative we propose to be held at Arnold Hall throughout the academic semesters. This initiative will allow cadets and permanent party to learn about racism, racial discrimination and the several historical events and policies that have impacted minorities through cinema. The goal is to help inform all members at this institution of the cultural history of other races and thus bring greater unity and understanding of other groups within the Cadet Wing.

The recently obtained documents also include an August 17, 2021, email, in which the sender and recipients are redacted, that discusses required textbook readings on “prejudice and discrimination,” which includes:

Identify examples of prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination.

Describe how explicit and implicit prejudice differ.

Describe some of the social, emotional, and cognitive roots of prejudice.

The email goes on to state that Academy cadets were “asked to watch a video of the well-known ‘Brown Eyes/Blue Eyes’ demonstration.” 

According to STARRS President and CEO Dr. Ronald J. Scott, Jr., Colonel, USAF, Retired, USAFA ’73: “Diversity, equity, and inclusion training stems from Marxist-inspired ideology known as critical race theory. While attractive to those who believe in justice and equal opportunity, it empowers those who hold positions of authority or influence to coerce others into compliance. This phenomenon is what C.S. Lewis wrote about when he grouped people into ‘the conditioners’ and ‘the conditioned’ in his 1940s book ‘The Abolition of Man.’”

Link to documents here.

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    1. Sharyl and Full Measure Team,

      Can anyone say :

      “C O M M U N I S M” ? :

      Forwarded Message :

      Dear Dr. Naomi Wolf,

      Another term misunderstood by
      religionists is : “A D U L T E R Y,”
      which isn’t about betrayal of a
      marital spouse, so much, but of
      breeding outside Hebrews’
      germ-line (( Abrahamic, matri-
      lineal germ-line )).

      Interracial breeding is, generally,
      dysgenic, although black men
      seeking white females upgrades
      the definition of “NEGROID”—
      as, for example, Gayle King of
      CBS’s news program dis-
      credits her white heritage while
      advancing her apparent intelli-
      gence, as heritable via the
      NEGROID germ-line.

      An underlying tenet of Univer-
      sal Communism is RACIAL
      Mongrelization, which is why
      communists undermine, in every
      way, the idea : “RACES”—be-
      cause, if the 5 races do exist,
      and each manifests uniquely
      heritable differences in physical,
      intellectual, and temperamental
      displays, then their ( insane )
      drive toward UTOPIA can’t ever
      be realized/constructed.

      Communists’ drive toward “equi-
      ty”—is denial of any racial differ-
      ences; ergo, no heritable division
      in I.Q. between, say, Japanese-
      Asian men and Black-African
      men can never be mentioned
      (( just compare ART creations
      between the two—or criminality
      in each community )).

      Brutalitarian Mao had dragged
      Western-Trained surgeons out
      of hospitals and ordered poor
      peasants off the street to per-
      form surgery on patients (( the
      utter horror! of that Orc-Like
      man – see “Lord of the Rings”
      movie – and his insane/filthy
      communist minions, which had
      hung bodies of enemies in
      officers’ cafeterias for food,
      and not because of starvation )).



      – snip –

  1. Awake and not Woke

    The only positive outcome would be if the cadets read the CRT propaganda and recognized it as such. If they read CRT textbooks and then read the US Constitution, perhaps they might see a distinct disconnect between the two doctrines. MLK said it best, re: judge a person by their character rather than their skin color. That’s all we need to teach cadets as far as getting along with one another.

  2. We are observing the death of our democratic republic by the Dems/liberals/progressives by step by step unmooring the US from the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, the rule of law, and equal justice of law. In parallel with this, common sense and decency are under fire at every level. In the face of this, the GOP appears incapable of fighting back or have no desire to join the fight. This article on USAFA and CRT shows that the military is being unmoored from its purpose to protect the Nations’s citizens from threats. “We the people” seems to be a quaint notion of the past since it is pretty obvious that the voice of the people is not being represented on almost any policy. Now, what is the solution to bring the USA back on course, back to sanity, and back to the Bill of Rights and the Constitution? I would like to say the battle could be fought and won through the ballot box, but even that has been corrupted by unconstitutional changes. Only one thing I am sure of at this point, as say in aircraft about to hit turbulence, better fasten your seat belt, it’s going to be a rough ride.

      1. Susan,

        “Amen” ?—as said at the end of a funeral
        for the Founders’/Framers’ nation ?

        Communists hate history, because
        all of human history refutes their
        premises and conclusions.

        Some of what they hide from you :

        “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed; second, it is violently opposed; and third, it is accepted as self-evident.” –Arthur Schopenhauer

        “As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, freedom can never be lost, and science can never regress.”
        –J. Robert Oppenheimer

        “Some men’s idea of free speech is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back, it is an outrage.” –Winston Churchill

        “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.”
        –Albert Camus

        “In times of unrighteousness and disorder, women become corrupted; from the corruption of women comes the mixing of races; and from this comes all evil.”
        -Bhagavad Gita.


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