During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday dodged the question of whether he thought capitalism was racist, and defended putting race huckster Ibram X. Kendi’s book of racist propaganda, How to Be an Antiracist, on the recommended reading list for every sailor.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), questioning Gilday, asked, “You’re saying as a senior leader of the Navy that you want 18-year-old sailors and 22-year-old ensigns to read a book that asserts that capitalism is essentially racist. Do you agree that capitalism is essentially racist?”
Gilday responded: “Sir, with all due respect, I’m not going to engage without understanding the context of statements like that.”
Cotton: “In what context could the claim that capitalism is essentially racist possibly be something with which you agree?”
Gilday dodged it completely: “Sir I’d have to go back to the book to take a look at that.”
“You, as the chief of naval operations, are suggesting in your professional reading that it’s a worthwhile endeavor for our sailors and ensigns to spend the time reading books like these as opposed to reading books on maritime strategy or basic seafaring skills,” Cotton shot back.
Gilday refused to answer specifics about Kendi’s anti-American, anti-white ideas, but defended his decision to put the book on the list by claiming he wanted sailors “looking inwardly and being honest with themselves in areas they need to improve. In talking to sailors over the past year, it’s clearly obvious to me and others that the murder of George Floyd and the events surrounding that and the discussions in this country about racism which go back for years and years and years are still a painful part of our culture and that talking about them, understanding them is the best approach.”
“Assigning books like these and encouraging your sailors to take the time to do so is not a way for the Navy to regain its focus, Admiral,” Cotton concluded.
The Navy’s focus should be on military preparedness and maritime supremacy. The Admiral’s focus is on propagandizing and imposing a Marxist worldview in the military.