Joint Chiefs Chairman Says It's 'Offensive' to Call Military Officers 'Woke,' Wants to 'Understand White Rage'

Nick Kangadis | June 23, 2021
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This is a new one. What do you call it when someone finds something “offensive” after people call out others for being part of a group of people that are constantly offended by everything that doesn’t line up with their thinking? Some might consider the proper term for the offended party to be “woke,” but don’t tell that Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley.

That was only part of the takeaway after Milley waxed pathetic in front of the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday.

Milley was given an opportunity by Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.) to speak candidly about Critical Race Theory (CRT) and the growing perception that the United States military — particularly higher ranking officials — have gone “woke.”

Most of Milley’s response should be noted, so here’s a transcript of the majority of what he said:

I do think it’s [CRT] important, actually, for those of us in uniform to be open-minded and widely read. And the United States Military Academy is a university. And it is important that we train and we understand, and I wanna understand white rage and I’m white and I want to understand it.

What is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building [Capitol building] and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America? What caused that? I want to find that out. I want to maintain an open mind here, and I do want to analyze it. It’s important that we understand that, because our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and guardians, they come from the American people. So it is important that the leaders, now and in the future, do understand it.

I’ve read Mao Zedong. I’ve read Karl Marx. I’ve read [Vladimir] Lenin. That doesn’t make me a communist. So what is wrong with understanding, having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend?

And I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military, our general officers, our commissioned/non-commisioned officers of being quote ‘woke’ or something else, because we’re studying some theories that are out there.

Did Milley actually defend CRT by saying that he wants to understand radical theories that activists are presently trying to inject into almost every aspect of the American system?

There's absolutely nothing wrong with studying different theories and ideologies. It makes you a well-rounded individual. But being offended at being referred to as “woke” is actually the peak of wokeness.

Well, whatever the case may be, studying CRT isn’t going to help him “understand” why the events of January 6 happened.

For video of Milley's complete comments, watch below: