By Gary A. Johnson – Founder/Publisher (Black Men In America.com)
According to Wikipedia, Critical Race Theory (CRT) is an academic movement of civil-rights scholars and activists in the United States who seek to critically examine the law as it intersects with issues of race and to challenge mainstream liberal approaches to racial justice.
Critical Race Theory sees racism as systemic and institutional, rather than just a collection of individual prejudices. It also views race as a socially constructed identity which serves to oppress non-white people.
Yesterday, June 23, 2021, I heard one of the most powerful speeches on Critical Race Theory by Gen. Mark Milley. General Milley is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, and the principal military advisor to the President, Secretary of Defense, and National Security Council.
Milley, who was testifying alongside Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at a hearing on the defense budget, was responding to a pair of Republican lawmakers arguing the Pentagon had embraced Critical Race Theory, in some courses at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
The four-star general told lawmakers that service members should be “open-minded and be widely read” because service members “come from the American people” and said he wanted to better understand racism as well as the climate that led to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.
“I want to understand white rage — and I’m white,” Milley told lawmakers “What is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America?
“I’ve read Mao Tse Tung. I’ve read Karl Marx. I’ve read Lenin. That doesn’t make me a communist.” Milley continued, “So what is wrong with understanding, having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend?”
Take a look at the video below and draw your own conclusion.
Thank goodness that Gen. Milley had the courage to challenge the systemic and institutional network of racism and bigotry. I LOVED this. Gen. Milley took a critically important stand for “free thinking” in America. We need more white people who are offended by racism and bigotry to speak out and speak loudly.
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