Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) recently introduced a bill to Congress “to combat racist training in the military” and address the rise of the Woke culture in the Armed Forces that positions itself as anti-American.
Tom Cotton’s arguments
The bill contemplates that “the founding principles of the United States include the belief, enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, that ‘all men are created equal’ and ‘are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.'”
He emphasizes that the U.S.’s commitment to the equal dignity and natural rights of all mankind are in fact the ideal mechanisms to defend against racism and oppression of all kinds.
Cotton believes in his proposal that racist and anti-American theories, among which he mentions “critical race theory,” teach that the U.S. is an essentially racist nation, that the Constitution is a racist document, and that certain races are fundamentally oppressive or oppressed. The project asserts how these anti-American theories – such as critical race theory – teach students to distrust and even hate their country and fellow citizens.
“These theories,” the bill stresses, “encourage people to judge and treat others differently based on their race, rather than treating them as equal citizens and human beings with equal dignity and protection under the law.”
Therefore, “the U.S. Armed Forces should not promote or otherwise encourage racist and anti-American theories that demoralize and divide its members while undermining its mission to ‘bear faith and allegiance’ to the Constitution.”
What Cotton proposes in his bill is that the U.S. Army and academic institutions under the discretion of the Department of Defense, “shall not promote the following racist and anti-American theories.”
- Any race is inherently superior or inferior to any other race.
- The United States of America is a fundamentally racist country.
- The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution are fundamentally racist documents.
- The moral character or worth of an individual is determined by his race.
- An individual, by virtue of his race, is inherently racist or oppressive, either consciously or unconsciously.
- An individual, because of his race, is responsible for the actions committed by other members of his race.
This means that such racist and anti-American theories may not be incorporated into curricula, reading lists, seminars, workshops, training, or other academic/educational or professional circles. Nor may speakers, consultants, diversity trainers and others be hired for the purpose of advocating them.
It would also be prohibited to compel members of the Armed Forces to affirm or profess belief in the theories, and to segregate members of the Armed Forces or others by race in any setting, including educational and training sessions.