On Wednesday June 23rd, General Mark Milley and Defence Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III testified before the House Armed Services Committee. They were asked about their anti- extremism efforts, and the teachings of critical race theory.
Matt Gaetz asked Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III: “How should the Department of Defence think about critical race theory?”
Secretary Austin responded by stating that they are focused on “extremist behaviours and not ideology- not people’s thoughts, not people’s political orientation.”
General Mark Milley also spoke in response to the topic, and stated: “I do think it’s important for those of us in uniform to be open minded and be widely read.”
General Mark Milley goes viral on Twitter with Critical Race Theory speech
General Mark Milley responded to questions posed by Representative Matt Gaetz and Representative Michael Waltz on Wednesday about the teaching of critical race theory in the U.S. military, specifically a seminar called “Understanding Whiteness and White Rage.”
Michael Waltz stated: “This came to me from cadets, from families, from soldiers with their alarm and their concern about how divisive this type of teaching is that is rooted in Marxism.”
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, responded:
“I want to understand white rage, and I’m white, and I want to understand it… So what is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America? What caused that? I want to find that out.”
He continued on to state that he found the accusations of the military being too “woke” personally “offensive” just because they are “studying some theories that are out there.”
General Mark Milley finished by saying:
“I’ve read Mao Zedong. I’ve read Karl Marx. I’ve read Lenin. That doesn’t make me a communist. So what is wrong with understanding- having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend?”
Who is General Mark Milley?
In August 2015, General Mark Milley assumed duty as the 39th Chief of Staff of the US Army after serving as the 21st Commander of U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Originally from Winchester, Massachusetts, General Milley graduated from Princeton University in 1980 and has held multiple command and staff positions in eight divisions and Special Forces during the last 35 years.
His awards and decorations include Defense Distinguished Service Medal; Army Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters; Defense Superior Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters; Legion of Merit with two bronze oak leaf clusters; Bronze Star Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters; Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, and many more.
General Milley has been married for more than 30 years and has two children.
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