(Washington) During a rare passionate outing, U.S. Chief of Staff General Mark Mille on Wednesday expressed outrage over “insulting” remarks from Republican lawmakers, accusing the military of teaching his appointments a controversial doctrine of racism, and defending the need to understand history. United States.
At the heart of their lively exchange, it has been widely reported on social networks: “The critical theory of race”.
The term defines a line of thought in American law schools in the late 1970s to analyze racism as a system, rather than at the level of personal bias with its laws and logic of power.
In schools and institutions, it has recently become a catch-all phrase for Republican opponents, referring to all attempts to address the darkest episodes in American history, including slavery and separation.
Two Republican-elected delegates, including young Trumpist Matt Gates, have taken advantage of a parliamentary hearing to question Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin and his chief of staff on courses that inspire this doctrine in military academies.
It is a personal insult to accuse me of being “the US military, our senior officers, our officers and non-commissioned officers” I woke up “- especially the term used to describe the injustices of skin color, and was used carelessly by some conservatives -” because we are studying existing theories, “said General Mark Mille, who nodded angrily at Matt Gates.
I really think it is important for those of us who wear uniforms to be open minded and deeply educated,
Mark Mille, United States General and Chief of Staff
“And the U.S. Military Academy is a university, and it is important that we train and understand. I want to understand the” anger of whites “even though I am white,” he said, referring to the January 6 attack on the Capitol by pro-Donald Trump protesters.
“I read Mao Tse-tung. I read Karl Mark. I read Lenin. And that doesn’t make me a communist. So misunderstood […] The country where we are here to defend, ”he said, wearing his uniform.
On his side, Lloyd Austin, the Pentagon’s first African-American chief, considered Republicans’ questions on the matter “wrong.”