The Pentagon appears to be deliberately dragging out probe into one of its woke ‘diversity’ officers that was launched in September, despite promising to make a decision within 30 days.
Kelisa Wing had worked as a chief of equity, diversity and inclusion at the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) since December 2021 but an investigation was launched into her after she wrote on Twitter how she was ‘exhausted with these White folx’, alongside various other statements.
The investigation into Wing was started on September 19 with the matter referred to Under Secretary of Personnel and Readiness Gil Cisneros, but almost two months later the case has yet to be resolved.
‘The findings are being presented to the office of the under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness,’ Cmdr. Nicole Schwegman, a DoD spokesperson, told Fox News.
Republicans have written a the letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin earlier this week asking for an update on the review
‘Our focus remains on ensuring military-connected students, their families and our employees have equitable access to opportunities and resources that support student achievement and readiness for college and careers. We have nothing additional to share at this time.’
Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., and Rep. C. Scott Franklin, R-Fla., wrote a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin earlier this week asking for an update on the review.
‘More than 30 days have passed since the Department announced the review of Kelisa Wing. However, the Department has made no public announcement, nor communicated with Congress … regarding the findings of the review,’ the letter stated.
Wing’s old social media posts over the course of several years, see her using well-worn slang terms to mock white people include ‘Karen’ and ‘CAUdacity’ – a play on the word Caucasian.
As a result 22 House Republicans including some on the Armed Services Committee requested that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin take ‘immediate action’ to investigate her for ‘egregious bias’.
The account, along with the longtime DOD staffer’s LinkedIn profile, has since been deleted.
Most troubling is the fact that Wing, who was promoted to head of the Education office during the pandemic, oversees the education of Pentagon staffers’ children – including those of active duty service members.
‘I’m exhausted with these white folx in these [professional development] sessions,’ Wing wrote on July 23, 2020, disparaging an unnamed woman at a federal meeting
‘I’m exhausted with these white folx in these [professional development] sessions,’ Wing wrote on July 23, 2020, disparaging an unnamed woman at a federal meeting.
‘[T]his lady actually had the CAUdacity to say that black people can be racist too,’ the post continues. ‘I had to stop the session and give Karen the BUSINESS.’
Wing, who is African-American, then adds, ‘We are not the majority, we don’t have power.’
Wing had worked at the DoD for 16 years and was promoted to DEI chief in December 2021. Her office oversees schooling for children of Pentagon employees as well as those deployed overseas in the military.
The slew of anti-white posts present in Wing’s social media seem to cut out around the time of her promotion, but the posts penned before she landed the role remained.
Wing, an outspoken supporter of the Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police movements, is also an author penning several progressive books in a series called ‘Racial Justice In America’
Wing, an outspoken supporter of the Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police movements, is also an author, and has penned several progressive books in a series called ‘Racial Justice In America.’
Disturbingly, the books are geared toward children.
Covering a range of radical subject echoing the beliefs exhibited on her Twitter, the boobs boast titles such as ‘What Is White Privilege,’ and ‘What Does it Mean To Defund the Police?’
The former has lines such as: ‘If you are White you might feel bad about hurting others or you might feel afraid to lose this privilege,’ and asks white children to consider if they will ‘really feel good at the end of the race when you look back and see others fighting obstacles that you didn’t even have?’
Another children’s book penned by Wing, ‘What is Anti-Racism?,’ meanwhile, contains some misleading claims concerning race – if not outright falsehoods.
In one instance, the book claims the word ‘race’ comes from Italian or Hebrew.
However, in actuality, there is no word in Biblical Hebrew for race. The word would not be invented for centuries in modern Hebrew, according to Aish, a nonprofit organization with expertise on Judaism.
The book also said ‘the modern idea of ‘race’ was introduced by the National Party in Germany.’ Aside from the fact that Wing erroneously omits the ‘socialist’ part of the Nazi party name, the claim is also dubious.
The idea of race was utilized in a pseudoscience called eugenics year before the Nazis in Germany rose to power, and the Nazis even included those debunked eugenic views within their own ideology.
Then, in an apparently contradictory claim, the book claims that ‘race’ was born on American soil.
In ‘What Does it Mean To Defund the Police?’, Wing explains to her young audience the differences between abolishing, defunding, disbanding, and reforming police – with what she called ‘anti-racist’ policies.
She boasted about being ‘woke’ on Twitter in posts that were uncovered by Fox News earlier this year
However, despite these being published works geared toward children from a federal employee responsible for educating kids, the controversy lies chiefly with Wing’s now-deleted Twitter account.
‘[B]eing antiracist means being active against racism … you will NEVER arrive … stop centering this on whiteness,’ Wing said.
On another occasion, Wing responded to a user who said, ‘I am exhausted by 99% of the white men in education and 95% of the white women. Where can I get a break from white nonsense for a while?’
Wing responded, ‘If another Karen tells me about her feelings… I might lose it…’
In another post, Wing responded to another user who criticized an article she penned that claimed ‘racism is ingrained in the very fabric of our country,’ and called on teachers to dismantle ‘racial oppression.’
‘Bye Karen,’ Wing sniped in a dismissive post.
Karen is an online slang term that refers to a white, often entitled, middle-aged woman.
In other posts, she referred to Donald Trump as the ‘whole boy version of a Karen’ – and his Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, as ‘the queen of Karens.’
She responded to one user’s complaint about ‘white nonsense’ in education by tweeting: ‘If another Karen tells me about her feelings… I might lose it…’
Wing has also proudly touted herself as ‘woke’ on multiple occasions, including a post with a photo of herself in a Jay-Z shirt.
Last month it was revealed how in 2018 she recommended a book to high school students that referred to 9/11 first responders as ‘not human’ and ‘menaces.’
According to Fox News, Wing recommended the 2015 book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates while she represented the Pentagon on two occasions.
In the book, Coates wrote of not being able to differentiate between the police officer that shot and killed his school friend Prince Jones in Maryland in September 2000 and those who rushed towards the flames on 9/11.
Coates wrote of the first responders: ‘They were not human to me. Black, white, or whatever, they were menaces of nature; they were the fire, the comet, the storm, which could — with no justification — shatter my body
Between the World and Me was met with mass critical acclaim when it was released. A.O. Scott of the New York Times called it ‘essential, like water or air.’ David Remnick of The New Yorker called it: ‘Extraordinary’
The book was met with mass critical acclaim when it was released. A.O. Scott of the New York Times called it ‘essential, like water or air.’ David Remnick of The New Yorker called it: ‘Extraordinary.’
The book won the 2015 National Book Award and topped the New York Times bestseller list for three weeks. In 2016, it was named number seven on the Guardian’s list of the 100 best books of the 21st century.
Before joining the Defense Department, Wing had been a teacher and served in the US Army. During her military service Wing rose to the level of Staff Sergeant, according to a biography on her website.
When Wing became chief of the DoD Education Activity, Director Thomas Brady touted the promotion, which saw the agency create the diversity and inclusion position solely for their longtime staffer.
‘Kelisa Wing is exactly the right person to lead our efforts in building on the foundational work done to support meaningful change in our organization,’ Brady said at the time.
‘This new position will take a holistic approach to identifying and improving how we integrate the practice of diversity, equity and inclusion in every aspect of DoDEA, from curriculum and assessment to hiring and professional development.’