The United States Navy has quietly updated its recommended reading list by removing a number of controversial books including one by Ibram X. Kendi, the high priest of Critical Race Theory in a move that is another indication that the nation’s military could be charting a course away from “woke” insanity.
In the latest version of the Professional Reading Program, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Gilday’s selection includes a dozen books in a mixture of genres including fiction, nonfiction, military history, geopolitics, technology and management with the absence of any offerings on leftist ideology, particularly race which drew much criticism when included on last year’s list.
The Chief of Naval Operations posts a professional reading list to help "develop a seasoned team of naval warriors." Of the 16 titles listed, 6 are notably progressive & seem to have been selected more to build a culture of wokeness than of warfighting. https://t.co/QbKMHDANmU pic.twitter.com/suPh5p5hw8
— Don Wolt (@tlowdon) March 17, 2021
Gone are Kendi’s “How to Be an Antiracist,” as well as “The New Jim Crow,” by Michelle Alexander, Gemma Hartley’s “Fed Up: Emotional Labor, Women, and the Way Forward” and Jason Pierceson’s “Sexual Minorities and Politics” along with two others that caught the attention from congressional Republicans including Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana who was so disturbed by their inclusion, that he wrote a letter to the CNO expressing his views on Kendi’s book and its controversial author.
Banks who is a member of the Naval Reserve as well as the ranking member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel called on Gilday to explain the decision-making process of why Kendi’s book was included on the 2021 list.
“The views promoted in ‘How to Be an Antiracist’ are explicitly anti-American. According to Kendi, America is fundamentally racist, so anti-Americanism is a moral imperative,” wrote Banks in the letter dated February 6, 2021, in which he also noted the author’s anti-white racist college views as well as his promotion of conspiracy theories that “white people were responsible for the AIDS virus and that white people are actually aliens.”
According to a June 2021 Task & Purpose article, “The reason why that’s on the list is because we set up a task force called Task Force One Navy after George Floyd’s murder,” said Adm. Michael Gilday, the chief of naval operations, in testimony to the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. “And that essentially came down to conversations in small groups at every command in the Navy so that people could tell their stories. Courageously come forward and tell their stories.”
Banks took to Twitter to express his approval over the absence of the toxic material on this year’s list.
“I’m encouraged to have learned that anti-American radical Ibram X Kendi’s CRT manifesto “How To Be An Antiracist” has been removed from the Navy’s reading list,” he wrote along with a link to a Washington Examiner article detailing his heated exchange with Adm. Gilday during a House Armed Services Committee hearing last summer.
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) May 7, 2022
Twitter users weighed in on the updated list.
A small step in the right direction. And yes, the Navy's "Professional Reading Program" list until now included Marxist propaganda from Kendi and others. https://t.co/GEQFd2YH99
— Noah Pollak (@NoahPollak) May 9, 2022
Fire whoever put it there in the first place.
— Fishy Catfish (@CatfishFishy) May 7, 2022
If you’re not going to kick that admiral out, then we’re just wasting our time.
— BourbonChicken (@BourbnChicken) May 7, 2022
I was in the Marines for 22 years. The Navy has become a floating college campus with a dress code. It’s ridiculous.
— Sasquatch14 (@WadeWinfrey1) May 7, 2022
Were the people who put it there fired?
Or are they going to just be more sly about it in the future?
— Ekscalybur (@Ekscalybur) May 7, 2022
Thank you!!! We have to take a stand against this blatant racist/communist hate filled agenda. Trying to manipulate people’s good nature and hatred of racism to get them to destroy themselves and the nation is EVIL!!! Sunlight is the best disinfectant.
— Isaac Holyk for U.S. Senate (@voteholyk2022) May 7, 2022
As a Navy veteran, I find it disgusting that the CNO would put a book from a self proclaimed racist on a list of books to read.for Navy personnel. I promise you that Adm. Jeremy Boorda(a real true leader), would not be telling sailors to read that divisive garbage. #FlyNavy
— David Elam (@davidelam871e) May 7, 2022
Woke is slowly dying under the weight of its own absurdity.
— Sparta🐶Strudal’sMom🙏Pray4Americans Abandonded✝️ (@strudalsmom) May 7, 2022
The tide is rapidly turning against anti-white Critical Race Theory just as it is on the creepy grooming of children into transgenderism and the issue is now a major political liability for Democrats who may control the Pentagon but won’t for much longer if they keep pushing “woke” garbage on America’s servicemen and servicewomen.
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