Posted on March 17, 2021

Navy to Keep ‘Anti-Racism’ Books on Reading List over Republican Objections

Dylan Housman, Daily Caller, March 16, 2021

Adm. Michael Gilday will not remove “How to Be an Antiracist” from the 2021 U.S. Navy reading list despite calls to do so from some Republican lawmakers, Fox News reported Tuesday.

Republican Indiana Rep. Jim Banks led the charge by sending a letter to Gilday in February, arguing that the book by Ibram X. Kendi is “anti-American” and demanding an explanation for the recommendation. Gilday responded on Mar. 12 in a letter stating he would not be altering the Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program, according to Fox News.

Gilday reportedly said the book can help sailors achieve a level of “self-reflection.” Banks told Fox the response indicates Gilday “is not serious.”

{snip} Other works on the list include Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow” and Jason Pierceson’s “Sexual Minorities and Politics.”