‘Woke’ DOD Education Officer Removed Following Rep. Elise Stefanik Advocacy

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik speaks on the 3rd day of the CPAC (Conservative Political Act
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A Defense Department (DOD) education officer accused of “racist” posts and spreading “woke” ideologies within its school systems was relieved from her post, announced House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) after the congresswomen had brought attention to the matter, demanding action from the Pentagon while calling for “transparency” in the department’s education for children of military families.

On Thursday, Stefanik announced that Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) chief Kelisa Wing has been removed from her role as officer in Department of Defense’s Education Activity (DODEA) schools following the New York congresswoman’s advocacy.

Kelisa Wing is a DEI chief at the Department of Defense. (Leigh Ann Erickson and Kelisa Wing | YouTube/Screenshot)

Wing had been accused of using her position in military children’s schools to promote woke ideologies through her personal writings. 

Following an investigation, the DOD reassigned Wing to another position after having been exposed denigrating white people in several posts.

The announcement came as Stefanik questioned DoD Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Gilbert R. Cisneros Jr. during a subcommittee hearing on the impact of DEI Policies, Procedures, and Trainings within the Defense Department.

Stefanik slammed the DOD for responding only hours before the hearing to her query about Wing, describing the practice as “a trend for Biden administration officials, at the last minute, scrambling before these hearings.”

“I will take it as a result that we delivered,” she stated. “She should have been fired completely, but she was at least moved somewhere else, not dealing with our kids’ educational systems.”

Stefanik is the leading force behind efforts to create transparency in DODEA schools. 

Earlier this month, following a report revealing a shocking rise in “woke” materials featured within DODEA schools, she slammed the Defense Department over its “stonewalling” in the face of investigations into the “divisive and radical ideology” being taught to servicemembers’ children.

Stefanik accused President Joe Biden’s Defense Department of allowing the “radical teachings” of Wing to “proliferate” in DoDEA K-12 schools, “while failing to provide transparency on their investigation into her racially divisive statements.”

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The DEI chief’s “woke” books in DoDEA schools saw a whopping 1200% increase since the investigation into her racist and divisive statements, with over 600 copies of her radical writings featured in 49 DoDEA schools, according to a recent report.

Earlier this month, Stefanik expressed outrage over the current administration’s passivity on the matter.

“Far-left radical Kelisa Wing is under investigation for her racist and divisive statements, but Biden’s Department of Defense is allowing her to continue to infiltrate the classrooms and minds of our servicemembers’ children,” she said. 

“Even though Biden’s Department of Defense has already admitted this is a problem, they have allowed the number of the radical books Wing authored to increase in DODEA schools during their investigation,” she added.

The Republican congresswoman urged for “transparency” over the education of children of the members of the armed forces. 

“Our servicemembers deserve transparency for what their children are learning, not more stonewalling from the Biden administration,” she said. “The Biden administration can no longer hide from parents that they are pushing their radical agenda on our servicemembers’ children, and it is past time for the Department of Defense to release the findings of Kelisa Wing’s divisive and radical ideology she is imposing in our DODEA schools.” 

Stefanik explained that such “radical teachings” are part of the reason she introduced her Servicemember Parents Bill of Rights — reinforcing that servicemembers with children in DODEA schools bear the right to be involved in their children’s education, while increasing transparency and accountability in DODEA schools — as she vowed to “continue to advance to support military families and hold the Biden administration accountable to prioritizing the strength our national defense rather than forcing their woke ideologies on our nation’s military.” 

Stefanik’s statement followed the DOD’s announcing a “review” of Wing in September over a history of disparaging white people.

Slamming the Defense Department for promoting the radical diversity chief, Stefanik called for it to “realign” its “shameful” priorities “away from woke ideologies.”

Her advocacy was expressed in a letter addressed to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin signed by nearly two dozen members of Congress, which led to the DOD’s launch of a review of Wing’s racist posts. 

Wing, the DEI chief for the U.S. military’s education system serving military families all over the world, was reported to have openly disparaged white people in social media posts and in a book series.

The DODEA education system is one of two federally operated elementary and secondary school systems and provides K-12 education to the families at U.S. military bases at home and overseas. 

It operates 160 schools and has more than 66,000 children enrolled worldwide, according to its website.

Wing, who has described herself in social media posts as “woke,” wrote in June 2020 on her Twitter account, “I’m exhausted with these white folx in these [professional development] sessions.”

She also tweeted in July 2020, “This 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… we are not the majority, we don’t have power.”

“Caudacity” is a derogatory slang term combining “Caucasian” and “audacity.”

In other tweets, she said: “[B]eing antiracist means being active against racism… you will NEVER arrive… stop centering this on whiteness.”

In addition, she tweeted, “I am exhausted by 99% of the white men in education and 95% of the white women. Where can I get a break from white nonsense for a while?”

In yet another tweet, she wrote, “If another Karen tells me about her feelings… I might lose it…,” and responded, “Bye Karen,” to another user criticizing her article demanding all teachers take part in “dismantling racial oppression” and claiming that “racism is ingrained in the very fabric of our country.”

Wing has coauthored children’s books, including such titles as “What is White Privilege?”; “What Does It Mean to Defund the Police?”; and “What is Anti-Racism,” calling on white people to confess their privilege.

She was promoted to the position of DEI chief in December 2021, after serving as a specialist at DoDEA for two months prior.

DoDEA Director Tom Brady praised Wing in a press release as the “right person to lead our efforts in building on the foundational work done to support meaningful change in our organization.”

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