According to Fox News Digital, the chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer at the Department of Defense’s education wing, who describes herself as a “woke administrator,” wrote a series of disparaging tweets about White people. Keep an eye on
Kelisa Wing is the DEI chief at the DoD Education Activity, which provides K-12 education to the DoD community in the United States and around the world. Wing’s Twitter was set to private after Fox News Digital reached out for comment, but she did not respond right away.
“I’m exhausted with these white folx in these [professional development] sessions,” she wrote in June 2020.
“[T]his lady actually had the CAUdacity to say that black people can be racist too… I had to stop the session and give Karen the BUSINESS… [W]e are not the majority, we don’t have power,” she continued.
Caudacity is a slang term used to describe the audacity displayed by White people.
“[B]eing antiracist means actively opposing racism… you will NEVER arrive… stop focusing on whiteness,” Wing said.
Wing also responded to a user who stated, “I am exhausted by 99% of white men in education and 95% of white women. Where can I get a break from white nonsense for a while?”
“If another Karen tells me about her feelings… I might lose it,” Wing replied.
Wing also responded to a user who criticized the DoD diversity chief’s article demanding that all teachers participate in “dismantling racial oppression” and claimed that “racism is ingrained in the very fabric of our country” in another post.
“Bye Karen,” Wing responded to the user.
Wing has also called former President Trump the “whole boy version of a Karen” and former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos the “queen of Karens.”
Fox News Digital contacted the Department of Defense to inquire whether Wing’s remarks about White people were appropriate for a DoD employee involved in diversity, equity, and inclusion, but did not receive an immediate response.
DoDEA “directs… education programs for school-age children of Department of Defense personnel” and “provides support and resources to Local Educational Agencies throughout the United States that serve children of military families.” There are DoDEA schools in the United States, Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
According to a press release, Wing, who oversees curriculum at DoDEA, has also co-created children’s books in which it is stated that White people must confess their privilege and are in fact harming Black people by benefiting from unearned advantages.
“White privilege hurts a lot of people; if you are White, you may feel bad about hurting others or you may be afraid of losing this privilege,” according to the book “What is White Privilege?”
“Overcoming White privilege is a job that must begin with the White community,” it stated.
“[W]ill you feel good at the end of the race when you look back and see others fighting obstacles you didn’t even have?” the book asks.
According to a nonprofit that monitors books taken off the shelves, the book was reportedly taken down for review along with other radical-left titles by a Florida district.
Wing commented on the report on Twitter, saying, “Honored to be involved with work that causes good trouble.”
The book “White Privilege” also encourages White children to “unpack” their “backpack” of privilege and cites a Peggy McIntosh article in which she claims that White women are “justly seen as oppressive” and “enjoy unearned skin privilege.”
McIntosh’s article also bemoaned the fact that White students are not taught in school to see themselves as “oppressors,” “participants in a damaged culture,” or “unfairly privileged.”
The book assigns children to create an “identity map” and answer the question, “What parts of my identity have provided me with privilege?”
White people, according to the book, must “spend” their privilege by becoming social justice activists. “Explain how your identity can assist you in achieving racial justice.”
According to a video posted on the education wing’s YouTube channel, Wing’s responsibilities at DoDEA included taking “a holistic view of the agency in terms of recruitment and retention, development and promotion, teaching and learning, and then as well as climate.”