US Navy reading program removes 'woke' titles

Some Republican members of Congress had raised concerns about titles on last year's list, saying one book expressed views that are "explicitly anti-American."


The US Navy’s Professional Reading Program has been updated to remove titles pushing the woke agenda.

Several titles that provoked outrage last year were absent in an updated reading list released Friday, that includes 12 books in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, military, strategy, management, and technology, as reported by Fox News.

Ibram X. Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist, was stripped from the list, as was Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow, and Jason Pierceson's Sexual Minorities and Politics.

Some Republican members of Congress had raised concerns about the titles. One told Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, who’s responsible for the list,  the views expressed in Kendi’s book are "explicitly anti-American."

At the time, Gilday said the  book was included because "it evokes the author’s own personal journal in understanding barriers to true inclusion, the deep nuances of racism and racial inequalities."

In a statement on Friday, Gilday said the goal of the program is to foster sailor’s continued education and growth.

"We are driving a fleet-wide campaign of self-improvement," he said.

"We must foster an organization that supports and empowers Sailors to have an independent quest for knowledge through reading and information sharing. What you know and how fast you learn is relevant in this era of strategic competition."

The updated reading list includes the following titles:

  • To Rule the Waves by Bruce Jones
  • A Brief Guide to Maritime Strategy by James Holmes
  • China as a 21st Century Naval Power by Michael. A. McDevitt
  • Not One Inch by Mary E. Sarotte
  • The Sailor’s Bookshelf: Fifty Books to Know the Sea by Admiral James G. Stavridis
  • Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War by Paul Scharre
  • Fortune Favors Boldness by Barry Costello
  • The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour by James Hornfischer
  • World War II at Sea: A Global History by Craig Symonds
  • Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Gayle T. Lemmon
  • Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

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