Sen. Wicker wants to know why a Space Force officer was fired for criticizing Critical Race Theory

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., leaves the Senate chamber following a procedural vote on the...
Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., leaves the Senate chamber following a procedural vote on the nomination of Xavier Becerra, President Joe Biden's pick to be secretary of Health and Human Services, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, March 11, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)(J. Scott Applewhite | AP)
Updated: May. 21, 2021 at 4:09 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) has dispatched a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Defense to express his displeasure with the department’s decision to relieve U.S. Space Force officer, Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, of his duty.

The department said Lohmeier was fired due to comments made on a podcast in which he stated that Marxist narratives are being taught inside the Armed Forces. These ideologies, he said, were “incompatible and competing narratives of what America was, is and should be.”

He also called The 1619 Project “un-American.”

A Defense Department official told CNN that Lohmeier was let go “due to loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead.”

According to Sen. Wicker, though, the Space Force officer’s comments were neither investigated nor determined to have violated any department directive.

“This is unjust and a failure of due process,” Wicker wrote. “The Department of Defense owes Lt. Col. Lohmeier and the public an explanation of why his comments are prohibited by military code.”

Wicker then blasted critical race theory, describing is at rooted in Marxism and that “a dark and fatalistic worldview offers no hope for reconciliation, harmony, equality, or even justice...“

Proponents of CRT say that it is an aid to critically examine the laws of the country which some feel are unjust towards people of color.

Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer-prize winner of The 1619 Project, stated that the goal of her writings was to reframe the country’s history of slavery and how, in her view, the repercussions of it live on today.

A bill was introduced this year to withhold state funds from any Mississippi school teaching from The 1619 Project curriculum.

At the end of his letter, Wicker committed himself to stopping the teaching of critical race theory in the Armed Forces and pushed Defense Gen. Lloyd Austin to recognize the harm being sown in his department because of it.

Read Sen. Wicker’s entire letter by clicking here.

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