Jack Posobiec took to Twitter on Sunday to call out the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) for recommending "White Fragility"—a book which argues, among other things, that white people have an inherent tendency toward racism they may not have known they even had.
Posobiec tweeted: "Hello @DNI_Ratcliffe! Is it true that LTG Ashley just recommended that DIA staff read the pseudo-science book 'White Fragility' and if so, did he request and receive your approval?"
The Post Millennial reached out to Posobiec for comment, who shared that "as someone who once served under General Flynn on a DIA deployment to JTF Guantanamo, I would like to know why the current DIA director is focusing on social policy rather than the foreign military and espionage threats to the United States that is his duty. DIA has some of the best of the best, and are deployed around the world in harm's way to protect us, and I hope they are getting the full support they need while they do so.”
The Epoch Times reported that Lieutenant General Robert Ashley Jr. had written in an email that a fellow DIA employee had recommended reading Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism."
A spokesman for Ashley said: "Ashley in turn thought it might be of interest to members of the DIA workforce seeking to learn about the perspectives the book highlights."
DiAngelo's book could be considered a propaganda piece for the emerging far-left radicalism that has taken over much of the media space amid the death of George Floyd. Though the book was published back in 2018 and has been used in institutions of higher learning since then, it only reached the New York Times best-seller list after Floyd's tragic death.
DiAngelo draws out some of her ideas in clear language in the book, writing: "White people raised in Western society are conditioned into a white supremacist worldview because it is the bedrock of our society and its institutions. Regardless of whether a parent told you that everyone was equal, or the poster in the hall of your white suburban school proclaimed the value of diversity, or you have traveled abroad, or you have people of color in your workplace or family, the ubiquitous socializing power of white supremacy cannot be avoided."
Writing for The Atlantic, John McWhorter wrote that he was not convinced of DiAngelo's thesis, but said that "I have learned that one of America's favorite advice books of the moment is actually a racist tract." McWhorter adds that though DiAngelo may have set out to write the book with good intentions, her work "diminishes Black people in the name of dignifying us. This is unintentional, of course, like the racism DiAngelo sees in all whites. Still, the book is pernicious because of the authority that is author has been granted over the way innocent readers think."
Though DiAngelo's message has connected with a substantial number of people within the progressive movement, it has also sunk its teeth into the education system. The District Two Community Education Council (CEC), for example, held a virtual meeting on June 29, which ended in one of the members (who is white) shouting down a fellow colleague (who is also white) for holding one of his friend's non-white children on his lap. This was apparently deemed overt example of racism and warranted being condemned.
New York City public schools have now made an effort to incorporate DiAngelo's sentiments into elementary schools, where children are taught about "systemic racism" and "white privilege." The Post Millennial's Libby Emmons wrote that "my son learned that he is perpetuating the problem of racism, and that he doesn't even know how he's doing it, and that his whole family is racist, even if they don't think they are. The kids also learned that there's no way to fix it."
How instilling a mentality of inherent and immovable racism in (white) children is viewed as a positive thing has been lost on parents and those who have attempted to push back against this far-left ideology.
Now this same flawed and regressive ideology has successfully penetrated the highest ranks of power within the US government.