Pentagon resists Congressional pressure to remove Air Force Academy professor for teaching critical race theory

Jeff Zeman
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

Excerpt: Last week, a civilian instructor at the United States Air Force Academy came under fire from lawmakers in response to her op-ed in the Washington Post defending the inclusion of critical race theory in classroom instruction. In response, the Pentagon has made clear that U.S. military academies remain committed to the academic freedom they currently promise — a move likely to have ramifications for
future academic disputes originating at the academies from both the political left and right.

In her July 6 op-ed, USAFA professor Lynn Chandler Garcia wrote, “I teach critical race theories to our nation’s future military leaders because it is vital that cadets understand the history of the racism that has shaped both foreign and domestic policy.” In the days following the op-ed, Sen. Tom Cotton, Rep. Mark Green, and others called publicly for Garcia’s removal and the banning of critical race theory from military academies.