The United States Army is teaching critical race theory to cadets at its prestigious West Point Academy, newly obtained training materials reveal.
The documents, obtained by Fox News Digital from the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, show that the Army’s future leadership is being taught to acknowledge its ‘whiteness’ and ‘privilege,’ and to answer training questions through the lens of critical race theory.
Judicial Watch had to sue the US military under the Freedom of Information Act twice before the training slides were released, according to Fox News.
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, characterized the racial training materials as ‘anti-American’ and ‘propaganda.’
‘Our military is under attack – from within,’ Fitton said in a release. ‘These documents show racist, anti-American CRT propaganda is being used to try to radicalize our rising generation of Army leadership at West Point.’
A slide from the lessons taught to West Point cadets. The slide gives the cadets a definition of ‘whiteness’ and describes how it helps some but not others
A slide from the training materials providing a definition of critical race theory to West Point cadets
The main campus of West Point Military Academy, in West Point, New York. West Point is the US Army’s most elite officer training academy
The documents consist of over 600 pages of training materials, including presentation slides, and accompanying questions.
While some focus on matters as commonplace as bullying, others zero in in on the experience of blacks in America, and directly apply critical race theory to the issue.
One slide titled ‘Whiteness’ is followed by a definition of the term, describing it as ‘a location of structural advantage, of race privilege,’ ‘A standpoint or place from which white people look at themselves and the rest of society,’ and ‘Refers to a set of cultural practices that are usually unmarked and unnamed.’
A slide from the training in which cadets are asked to consider what W.E.B. Du Bois would think of the movie Barbershop
A slide from the West Point training materials describing an unspoken barrier between blacks and whites in America
A page from the training materials showing the difference between black and white opportunities in America
In other sections, cadets are asked to apply critical race theory to scenarios:
‘Do you think Affirmative Action creates an environment for ‘reverse discrimination?’ Use CRT to support your answer,’ one reads.
Another says, ‘What is the difference between desegregation versus integration? How would you apply a tenant of CRT to this idea?’
The materials inform cadets that white people ‘have primarily benefited from civil rights legislation,’ and talk about ‘Modern Day Slavery in the USA.’
In another section, cadets are asked the questions ‘What would W.E.B. Du Bois think of Barbershop?’ referring to the Ice Cube movie about a black owned barbershop in southern Chicago.
One section even evokes Communist Manifesto author Karl Marx to explain that capitalism creates social structures in which the less-fortunate people are exploited.
‘Our military is under attack – from within,’ said Tom Fitton, president of the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. Neither he nor the Department of Defense have commented on the release of the West Point training materials
The Department of Defense has not commented on the materials, nor has the office of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
Critical race theory – the idea that racism is so baked into the foundational systems of American equality that they end up benefiting whites at the expense of blacks – has been an increasingly controversial issue as its role in the American education system is debated.
Progressives have argued that it should be taught to all Americans and taught early, while conservatives have vehemently argued that it is anti-American and should be banned.
Some have argued that it has no place in the American military, as it teaches soldiers that the constitution they are sworn to defend is inherently racist.
President Trump founded a commission seeking to ban critical race theory from schools in January, 2021, but it was revoked by President Biden just two days later on his first day in office.
A page from the training material that references Karl Marx in arguing that capitalism exploits people
A slide from the released training materials in which West Point cadets are taught what inclusion means