She described herself as “woke” and posted several anti-White messages on social media. Department of Defense schools official Kelisa Wing has finally been reassigned from her position overseeing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives in schools for military personnel.
It was October when the Defense Department initiated a 30-day review of Wing. This action followed the revelation of disparaging comments the now-former officer made on Twitter.
Wing posted, “I’m so exhausted at these white folx in these [professional development] sessions this lady actually had the CAUdacity to say black people can be racist too.”
The former officer went on to say that she gave the offender “the business” and explained that since Blacks are not in the majority, they are incapable of being racist.
We are winning: 'Woke' DOD official Kelisa Wing reassigned after GOP highlights anti-white tweets. We have to keep fighting racism regardless of the source. https://t.co/TUHjnIIiLt
— @amuse (@amuse) March 24, 2023
In the six months since Wing’s tweets drew GOP criticism, the number of her books featured in DOD schools increased tenfold. Such classic titles as “What is White Privilege?” and “What Does it Mean to Defund the Police” are widely available for service members’ children to read.
The New York Post reported that Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Gilbert Cisneros Jr. claimed the reassignment was part of restructuring. He asserted that the move had nothing to do with the Republican outcry over Wing’s apparent racism.
That sentiment was not shared by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who said she had “a feeling that has to do with the fact that we [Republicans] have shined light on this.”
During a House hearing Thursday, Stefanik read a tweet by Wing to Cisneros, who promptly condemned the content of the posting.
The initial letter Sefanik sent the DOD last September did not get a response. That changed in November with a follow-up letter, after which the department told House Republicans that they are conducting a review of the matter.
The Thursday hearing also heard from four DOD witnesses — all of whom claimed that DEI initiatives are having positive effects on military recruiting, retention, and command selection. This despite recruiting numbers dropping to levels not seen in years.
The DOD has miles to go before it will restore the faith of conservative Americans in the validity of its direction. Reassigning Wing is a start, but it will take a complete abandonment of divisive DEI programs to correct the wrongs done to the once-proud military.