Rep. Mark Green, R-Tennessee, called for the dismissal of Lynne Chandler Garcia, a professor at the United States Air Force Academy after she publicly advocated for military academies to teach critical race theory to incoming cadets earlier this month.
Green, a West Point graduate, argued in a letter to acting Air Force Secretary John Roth that Garcia’s stance on critical race theory in a recent Washington Post op-ed “render[ed] her unqualified to teach in one of our prestigious military academies.” Garcia’s stance on critical race theory was criticized in the article. Garcia is an associate professor of political science at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
According to Green’s letter, “Critical Race Theory teaches that the only way to right past racial discrimination is with present racial discrimination.” “This teaching is utterly incompatible with the principles embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the Civil Rights Movement—not to mention that it is unlawful.”
The president continued, “Our country has already lived through a horrific era in which people were judged solely on the basis of the color of their skin rather than the content of their character—we must never return to this way of thinking.”
“CRT is a Marxist ideology that is being shoved down the throats of American children,” says Rep. Mace in a video.
Green’s call for Garcia’s dismissal came amid a broader spat between Republican lawmakers and military leaders over critical race theory, according to Green. During a tense House Armed Services Committee hearing last month, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, defended the study, arguing that it was important for military cadets and officers “to be open-minded and widely read” about concepts from across the ideological spectrum.
Garcia’s column was inspired by Milley’s ferocious response during the public hearing.