Hannah Grossman, Fox News, September 13, 2022
The chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at the Department of Defense’s education wing, who describes herself as a “woke administrator,” wrote a series of disparaging posts about White people on Twitter, Fox News Digital found.
Kelisa Wing is the DEI chief at Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), which provides K-12 education to the DoD community in the U.S. and all over the world. After Fox News Digital reached out for comment, Wing’s Twitter was put on private, but she did not immediately respond.
She wrote in June 2020, “I’m exhausted with these white folx in these [professional development] sessions.”
“[T]his 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… [W]e are not the majority, we don’t have power,” she continued.
“Caudacity” is a slang term that is used to describe audacity demonstrated by White people.
“[B]eing antiracist means being active against racism… you will NEVER arrive… stop centering this on whiteness,” Wing said.
On another occasion, Wing responded to a user who said, “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?”
Wing responded, “If another Karen tells me about her feelings… I might lose it…”
DoDEA “directs… education programs for school-age children of Department of Defense personnel” and “provides support and resources to Local Educational Agencies throughout the United States that serve children of military families.” DoDEA schools are located in the United States, Europe, Pacific, western Asia, Middle East, Cuba, Guam and Puerto Rico.
Wing — who oversees curriculum at DoDEA, according to a press release — has also co-created children’s books that said that White people must confess their privilege and were de facto hurting Black people by being benefactors of unearned advantages.
“White privilege hurts a lot of people. If you are White you might feel bad about hurting others or you might feel afraid to lose this privilege,” the book, “What is White Privilege?” said.
It said that, “Overcoming White privilege is a job that must start with the White community.”
“What is White Privilege?” also encourages White kids to “unpack” their “backpack” of privilege and referenced an article by Peggy McIntosh that said that White women are “justly seen as oppressive” and “enjoy unearned skin privilege.”
McIntosh’s article also lamented that White students are not taught in schools to see themselves as “an oppressor,” a “participant in a damaged culture” and “unfairly advantaged.”
The book also stated that White people must “spend” their privilege by becoming social justice activists. “Address how your identity can help you achieve racial justice.”
Some of Wing’s children books she co-created contain misleading information or glaring omissions.
For example, “What is Black Lives Matter?” said “almost all” the protests after George Floyd’s murder were “peaceful.” However, according to Axios, the pro-BLM riots that erupted in 2020 amounted to more than $1 billion in damages, “the most expensive in insurance history.”
Wing has also co-written a children’s book about defunding the police, in which she explains to a young audience the differences between abolishing, defunding, disbanding and reforming police with anti-racist policies.