The Department of Defense has abruptly reassigned a self-described “woke” DoD official after her anti-white tweets were revealed by the GOP.
Republicans were aghast at the hateful tweets by Kelisa Wing, the Pentagon’s education activity chief diversity equity and inclusion officer. And after the news broke, the DoD launched a 30-day review of her status.
“I’m so exhausted at these white folx in these [professional development] sessions this lady actually had the CAUdacity to say black people can be racist too,” Wing wrote in June 2020, for instance.
Wing, though, has now been dumped from her position after the DoD’s review was finished. Still, the reassignment was supposedly made as “part of a headquarters restructuring” and not a “disciplinary action.”
Per the New York Post:
But at a House Military Personnel Subcommittee hearing on the impacts of “diversity, equity, and inclusion” in the DoD and military, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) said she was skeptical that the job change was made purely for reorganizational reasons.
“I have a feeling that has to do with the fact that we [Republicans] have shined light on this,” she said.
While she and other lawmakers had requested updates on Wing’s review months earlier, Stefanik said she received a letter just three hours before the hearing where the matter would be discussed.
“I wrote a letter to the department in September of last year and did not receive a response. It was only when I wrote a follow-up letter in November of last year [that] we did finally get a response in December stating the department was conducting an inquiry into this matter,” she said.
“Today — six months after that initial inquiry — you responded three hours prior to this hearing, which is a trend for Biden administration officials at the last minute scrambling before these hearings,” she added.
The Pentagon had continued to stonewall any updates on Wing’s status.
The DoD was also accused of trying to subvert the congressional process.
Watchdog group Open The Books, which helped to uncover Wing’s racist past, released a statement on the reassignment.
“We uncovered a troubling pattern and Kelisa Wing would not answer our questions regarding her ethics, controversial social media posts, side businesses, educational techniques and curricula, and video statements.
But the real concern was the philosophies she was pushing on children from our military families, at taxpayer expense. Following the money and fighting for transparency is our model, and this news is more evidence that it works.
Sunlight on Wing’s philosophy and activities was critical: she was the inaugural appointee to the DEI post and would have an outsize role in shaping its mission and impact on DODEA schools.”
“It took multiple investigations from us and multiple hearings from Congress to finally get some answers and some action from the Department of Defense.
Unfortunately, there are still outstanding questions for the Pentagon, including whether they plan to eliminate the role or find a replacement for Wing. The DoD also should account for how much public money is being spent on DEI material and trainings all across the Defense Department.”
This is a big victory for transparency and accountability.