WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is reviewing a key diversity official’s Twitter posts disparaging white people after 22 Republican legislators pressed the Pentagon last month for answers about the incendiary messages.
Kelisa Wing, the self-described “woke” chief of diversity, equity and Inclusion at the DoD’s school system, had sent tweets kvetching about white people since at least 2020.
“I’m so exhausted at these white folx in these [professional development] sessions this lady actually had the CAUdacity [Caucasian audacity] to say black people can be racist too,” Wing tweeted July 23, 2020, according to the Sept. 16 letter from Republican lawmakers to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
A Pentagon spokeswoman confirmed to The Post that the DoD’s Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness was conducting a 30-day review of Wing’s tweets.
“We are aware of news reports concerning an official at the Department of Defense Education Activity,” Navy Cmdr. Nicole Schwegmann said in a statement. “… Our focus remains on ensuring military-connected students, their families, and our employees have equitable access to opportunities and resources that support student achievement and readiness for college and careers.”
The GOPers who signed the letter, including Reps. Dan Crenshaw of Texas and Matt Gaetz of Florida, asked Austin to answer four questions related to Wing’s statements — including whether the Pentagon endorses Wing’s ideologies; whether the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) knew of her “divisive statements” before she was appointed to her position in December 2021; and if her “radical ideology” has been integrated into the curriculum.
Wing made her Twitter account private after the matter made headlines last month, but Fox News reported Wing couldn’t resist responding to another Twitter 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?”
“If another Karen tells me about her feelings… I might lose it,” Wing posted, according to Fox.
“These racially divisive comments are directly counterproductive to the goal of a professional and diverse military,” the 22 Republicans wrote
Wing is also listed as an author on several children’s books in the “Racial Justice in America” series, including titles such as “What Is White Privilege,” which includes a line that tells children, “If you are white, you might feel bad about hurting others or you might feel afraid to lose this privilege.”
“These racially divisive comments are directly counterproductive to the goal of a professional and diverse military,” the 22 Republicans wrote. “We must oppose racism wherever it occurs, but an approach that singles out one group or race is at odds with the military’s proud history of racial integration.”