(USA Features) Rep. Dan Crenshaw has revealed a number of instances where U.S. military members said they were subjected to diversity and inclusion training whereby they were instructed to identify themselves by race and socio-economic status.
The Texas Republican, who is in the process of documenting so-called ‘woke’ experiences by military members along with Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., also said this week that other soldiers were required to don personal ID badges listing their race, social class, ethnicity, and other traits during training at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Crenshaw made the claims in a video posted to his Instagram account.
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“Most soldiers do not believe that they are the sum of identity groups and it’s absurd that our military is instructing people to view themselves and others that way,” he said, going on to discuss his U.S. Navy experiences in combat as an officer and special operator.
“In the SEAL teams, our bond is forged in large part by our common history, our ethos and our trial by fire training,” he said. “We never asked each other for our social class or other identity groups, because that would be ridiculous.
“The only thing that should be on a soldier’s uniform is their name, their rank and most importantly, the American flag. Yes, we are all individuals and we’re all different,” Crenshaw continues.
“The military requires us to put aside those differences and focus on one mission as one team, not highlight differences, this type of woke training doesn’t help strengthen a unit and weakens it severely and it must stop,” he added.
Last month, Crenshaw and Cotton, the latter of whom is a former U.S. Army infantry officer with combat tours in Iraq, established a whistleblower page for service members to submit examples of critical race theory and ‘woke’ training spreading throughout the military.
Crenshaw went on to discuss a Pentagon-wide training school at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida where service members were forced to “experience and share a significant emotional event” in which they had to essentially admit their “privilege” and their “racism.”
“According to the report, this was explicitly targeted towards white students and particularly white males,” Crenshaw said.
“It was an assumption in the class that white people were racist and white males were racist and sexist,” he added.
“This assumes that you possess these character flaws and you are forced to confront your privilege and bias, again in front of your fellow classmates,” he said, going on to point out several problems with the training.
“This places a huge amount of pressure to say something that you don’t believe at all. Did you have the audacity to claim that you’re not a racist, not a privileged bigot, well the instructor could fail you according to this report and the instructor is judging you, and if they don’t like what you have to say, or don’t think it’s sincere, you risk damage to your career,” he said.
“This isn’t only insane, it’s actually a type of compelled speech, and certainly raises free speech concerns,” the Texas Republican continued.
“And this training is clearly shaped by critical race theory in the sense that it’s designed to force participants to believe that any of their behaviors is just a product of their inherent racism and the dynamics of power associated with that,” Crenshaw added.