Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn., This week called for the firing of US Air Force Academy professor Lynne Chandler Garcia after she publicly told military academies to teach inbound cadets critical race theory.
In a letter to Acting Air Force Secretary John Roth Green, a candidate from West Point, Garcia’s position on critical race theory argued in a recent issue of the Washington Post:[ed] her unqualified to teach at one of our prestigious military academies. Garcia is an associate professor of political science at Air Force Academy.
“Critical Race Theory teaches that the only way to correct the past in terms of race is with current racial discrimination,”
“Our country was already living through a terrible era where people were judged by the color of their skin rather than by the content of their character – we must never return to this way of thinking,” he added.
Green issued his call for Garcia’s dismissal in a broader clash between GOP lawmakers and military leadership over critical race theory. General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, defended his inquiry during a tense hearing by the House Armed Services Committee last month, arguing that it was important for military cadets and officers to be “open and widely read” on cross-cutting concepts. of the ideological spectrum.
Milley’s burning reaction during the hearing served as the basis for Garcia’s pillar.
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“As a professor of political science at the U.S. Air Force Academy, I teach critical race theories to our nation’s future military leaders because it is vital that cadets understand the history of racism that has shaped both foreign and domestic policy,” Garcia wrote.
Air Force and Air Force Academy officials did not immediately return requests for comment on Green’s call for Garcia’s dismissal.
In May, Green introduced a bill that sought to block the teaching of critical race theory at military academies.