In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, who serves as an important Member of the House Armed Services Committee, expressed anger that the rhetoric of Kelisa Wing, who is head of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion of the military's education system, was not being noticed.
“The fact that Ms. Wing's history of advocating for extreme woke ideologies was not uncovered, or worse ignored, must be remedied,” Stefanik stated.
The congresswoman then urged the Department of Defense to “realign their priorities away from woke ideologies and back to strengthening our national defense.”
“Our military's focus should be keeping our nation safe, and I am committed to ensuring our service members are fully equipped to defend our country from the host of threats we face around the world,” Stefanik declared.
She also spoke out against what she called the “shameful” prioritizing of “woke ideologies” over national security.
“Right now, as the Pentagon fails to fill our military ranks and our adversaries around the world rapidly increase their capabilities, the Department of Defense has routinely prioritized adhering to woke ideologies instead of strengthening our national defense,” she stated. “This is shameful and an insult to the brave men and women who selflessly serve our nation.”
“I am committed to continuing to work to restore Americans' trust in our military by providing our service members with the resources needed to win our nation's wars and support their families,” she said.
The statement follows Stefanik's call for action in the form of a written letter sent to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin signed by nearly two dozen members of Congress and the Department of Defense's launch of an investigation of Wing's racist tweets.
Wing, the DEI head for the US army's educational system, which serves families of military across the world, was said to have publicly criticized white people in social media posts as well as in a book series.
The system of education, dubbed the Department of Defense Education Activity (D0DEA), is one of two federally operated primary and secondary school systems that provides education from K-12 for families living at U.S. military bases both at home and abroad. It has 160 schools in operation and includes more than 66,000 pupils in the world, as per its website.
Wing describes herself on her social media sites by calling herself “woke,” and wrote in June 2020 on her Twitter page “I'm exhausted with these white folx in these [professional development] sessions.”
In the month of July, 2020 that “[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.”
“Caudacity” is a derogatory word that combines “Caucasian” and “audacity.”
In other tweets, she stated: “[B]eing antiracist means being active against racism… you will NEVER arrive… stop centering this on whiteness.”
She also tweeted “I am tired of 90% of white men who are in school as well as 95% of white women. Where can I find an escape from this white sexism for a bit?”
In a second post, the tweet read “If another Karen shares her experiences… it's likely that I may be lost” …,” and replied, “Bye Karen,” to a user who was critical of her blog post in which she demanded all teachers to take part in “dismantling the oppression of race” and saying that “racism is within the very fabric of our nation.”
She has collaborated on children's books that call on white people to admit their privilege.
Wing has been promoted to the current post in December 2021. She had been a DEI Specialist at the DoDEA for two months before that.
DoDEA Director Tom Brady praised Wing in a statement that he deemed the “right person to lead our efforts in building on the foundational work done to support meaningful change in our organization.”