How House Republicans Reacted to Finding Critical Race Theory Books On Navy Reading List

Written with contribution from Sheriff David Clarke

Three members of the House Republican caucus have voiced their outrage over the inclusion of several controversial “anti-racist” books that have appeared on a Navy reading list.

One lawmaker derided the radical literature as “harmful and subversive.”

Reps. Doug Lamborn (CO) and Vicky Hartzler (MO) had pinned the books as concerning, according to Fox News.

The books in question were Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to be an Antiracist,” Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow,” Jason Pierceson’s “Sexual Minorities and Politics” and had been found on the Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program.

“All three books reinforce the view that America is a confederation of identity categories of the oppressed and their oppressors rather than a common homeland of individual citizens who are united by common purposes and fidelity to the ideals of the Declaration of Independence and codified in the Constitution,” Lamborn and Hartzler wrote, according to Western Journal.

A source described as a “Navy official” told Fox News that they had been told that “exposure to varied viewpoints improves the critical thinking skills of its sailors.”

That is an outright lie. Anybody whose views differ on race from the left’s current orthodoxy is scheduled for cancellation and ordered to brainwashing school for re-education.

It’s all fair and good to expose oneself to a variety of ideas—particularly the radical ones.

This is why you’ll never find conservatives advocating for the censorship of ideas that oppose their own. We say, let it all out and let’s tell one another who is wrong rather than cancel and silence one another.


While the official page for the Naval Operations Professional Reading Program has an error message as of this writing, the website MyNavyExchange describes it as being “designed to encourage all Sailors to read relevant books about the Navy. It provides Navy personnel recommended independent reading, which contributes to both professional and personal growth, education and development within the Navy Community.”

Radical critical race theory doesn’t really sound at all like it’s relevant to the Navy—and are they countering that with any conservative or right-wing ideologues?

I doubt it.

You can peruse the list for yourself—of the number of selections that appear to have little to do with the Navy, many of the titles are by decidedly progressive authors.


Of course you’re not.

Republican Rep. Jim Banks (IN) slammed “How to Be an Antiracist” as entirely inappropriate for the naval reading list.

“The views promoted in ‘How to Be an Antiracist’ are explicitly anti-American. According to Kendi, the author, America is fundamentally racist, so anti-Americanism is a moral imperative,” he wrote.

“Cohesiveness and unity in our armed services is essential. Kendi’s ideas are divisive and will undermine morale and weaken our national security.”

Banks professed to be “flabbergasted by the Navy’s decision to officially endorse such a harmful and subversive book.”

“As a former servicemember, the claim that ‘How to Be an Antiracist’ is consistent with the Navy’s core values is troubling,” the congressman wrote. “In Kendi’s own words, the defining idea behind the book is that: ‘there is no such thing a not-racist idea,’ there are only, ‘racist ideas and antiracist ideas.’”

What a crock.

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