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Pentagon actions chief praises book calling 9/11 first responders ‘threats’ as she pushes for ‘revolution’


FIRST ON FOX – A self-proclaimed “woke” Pentagon equity chief who is currently being investigated over anti-white tweets uncovered by Fox News Digital has recommended a “social justice” book for classrooms who called 9/11 first responders “threats.”

Kelisa Wing is the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager at the Pentagon Education Wing – the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). She is involved with the DoDEA program, which serves more than 60,000 military-related children in 160 schools around the world, according to a press release announcing her position in December 2021.

Fox News Digital has discovered that on two occasions, the DoDEA Chief of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion promoted the anti-police book “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates while posing as an employee of the education wing of the Pentagon.

Kelisa Wing has written books on “White Privilege” and “Defunding the Police”.

Coates wrote in “Between the World and Me” about the 9/11 responders: “They weren’t human to me. Black, white or otherwise, they were threats of nature; they were fire, comet , the storm, which could – without justification – break my body.”


The Pentagon was one of the targets of radical Islamist terrorists on 9/11; 125 people at the Pentagon and 59 people aboard American Airlines Flight 77 were killed.

According to a Ministry of Defense historian, “In the first terrifying minutes after the plane crashed into the building, the quick actions of survivors and rescuers helped save the lives of many who would otherwise have perished. “

In 2018, when Wing was a teacher, she advocated for “Between the World and Me” to be used in classrooms in an article published in “Digital Promise,” an Obama-era organization created by Congress that helps teachers to watch out for “stereotypical threats”. students. Wing currently sits on the nonprofit’s advisory board, according to its website.

The article recommends that teachers include material from a “list of social justice books.” One of the recommended anti-police books was “Between the world and me”.

“Your classroom materials should be a mirror for your students in which they can see themselves represented,” the article states.

“We must also avoid the pitfall of teaching about the same historical people from different cultures (for example, focusing only on Martin Luther King, Jr., or Harriet Tubman) when there are a multitude of diverse people, historical and current colors that we can choose to highlight,” the article reads.


Wing also co-wrote a children’s book on defunding the police, in which she explains to young audiences the differences between abolishing, defunding and disbanding the police with anti-racism policies.

On another occasion, in 2021, Wing included “Between the World and Me” in a DoDEA Equity Summit presentation. Video of the session was captured by OpenTheBooks, a nonprofit organization dedicated to open government.

Kelisa Wing reads a quote from

Kelisa Wing reads a quote from “Between the World and Me” during a DoDEA session.

“I love this quote from his book and it makes me think about the kind of environment that we set up in our classrooms, in our own schools… Do we see children as guilty?” Wing said during his presentation.

Coates’ quote read: “I have come to see streets and schools as weapons of the same beast. One enjoyed the official power of the state while the other enjoyed its implicit sanction. But fear and violence were the weapons of both.”

Wing commented, “I hope we establish an environment in our schools, in our system, where schools don’t seem to provide access to see our children in their full humanity and allow them to succeed.”

Wing is currently under investigation for tweets referring to white people as “Karen[s]and said she was “exhausted with those white folxes in [professional development] sessions. The matter will go to Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness – Gil Cisneros – for a final decision 30 days after the initial review, which began Sept. 19, the Pentagon told Fox News.

Kelisa Wing, chief of diversity at the Department of Defense, posts derogatory messages about white people on Twitter.

Kelisa Wing, chief of diversity at the Department of Defense, posts derogatory messages about white people on Twitter.
(Kelisa Wing/Twitter)

Wing’s Twitter said: “…this lady actually had the CAUdacity to say that black people can be racist too…I had to stop the session and give Karen the BUSINESS…we’re not the majority, we don’t ‘have no power.

“Caudacity” is a slang term that is used to describe the audacity displayed by white people.

On another occasion, Wing responded to a user who said, “I’m exhausted by 99% white males in education and 95% white females. Where can I take a break from the white nonsense for a moment ?”

Wing replied, “If another Karen tells me about her feelings…I might lose my mind…”

In the wake of those tweets, along with the books she co-authored, 22 House Republicans — including some members of the Armed Services Committee — called on Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to take ‘immediate action’ to investigate her for “blatant bias”.

“This woke ideology is destroying our military and poisoning the minds of American children,” said Rep. Elise Stefanik, RN.Y.

“If President Biden wants to know why he has a recruiting problem and low morale, he need look no further,” said Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.

Kelisa Wing, chief DEI officer at the Department of Defense Education Wing - known as DoDEA - said she is a "administrator woke up.

Kelisa Wing, chief DEI officer at the Department of Defense’s education wing – known as DoDEA – said she was a “woke administrator”.
(Twitter/Screenshot | Kelisa Wing)


“It’s very intentional. They put her in this place because [the Defense Department] is another institution that [the Biden administration] has every intention of tearing it down,” former CIA director Mike Pompeo said.

In June 2021, Biden signed an executive order that “reinvigorates[d]…the approach…first established in the Obama-Biden administration” and directed all federal agencies toestablish or elevate diversity directors,” among other priorities.

DoDEA Director Thomas Brady said, “Kelisa Wing is exactly the right person to lead our efforts building on the foundational work done to support meaningful change in our organization.”

“This new position will take a holistic approach to identifying and improving how we integrate the practice of diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of DoDEA, from curriculum and assessment to hiring and professional development,” he continued.

After protecting her tweets, Kelisa Wing's Twitter account appears to have been deleted or disabled following Fox News Digital's investigation into her social media history.

After protecting her tweets, Kelisa Wing’s Twitter account appears to have been deleted or disabled following Fox News Digital’s investigation into her social media history.
(Kelisa Wing | Twitter/Screenshot)

Wing said in September 2020 that she was trying to “completely destroy” the system, according to nonprofit OpenTheBooks.

“I am anti-racist,” she said, according to the association. “[Anti-racist] means that I am actively taking a stand to completely tear down, uproot, rebuild and create something new, and that is exactly what we need to do in education. I know it sounds really revolutionary and difficult, but there are many mechanisms and tools that can help us achieve this.”


Wing was then asked by an audience member, “As we go through this racial reckoning, is it time to really transform education, to transform the curriculum – is it time for a revolution?”

Wing replied, “Most definitely,” according to the nonprofit.

Fox News’ Jessica Chasmar, Houston Keene and Charles Creitz contributed to this report.



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