America’s military might is being turned into a laughingstock under the Biden administration.
Instead of focusing on national defense, military schools have been targeted with culture war issues.
And now Chaos is quickly unfolding at Virginia Military Institute over this major change.
Military school tries to right so-called historical wrongs
Virginia Military Institute (VMI) is the oldest public senior military college in the United States.
The school is facing an upheaval amid the culture war.
Under a plan to make the school more diverse, leaders outraged alumni and created major pushback.
The problems at VMI started when former Governor Ralph Northam decided to address allegations that racism was running rampant on its campus, which led to an official investigation of faculty and students at the school.
The school then announced the appointment of Army Major General Cedric Wins as Superintendent.
Wins initially had support of a former classmate, Matt Daniel, who said “if there was ever a leader to take the helm and navigate VMI through such odd and dark, shark-infested waters, it is Cedric Wins.”
But that public support for Wins soon turned to outrage.
The creation of a DEI counsel led to a battle for the history of the school
His appointment led to the removal of a statue of General Stonewall Jackson in 2020.
The college said that they made the move to “address historical inequities” on the campus and calm tensions.
He also announced new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) consultants to help with his crusade.
But the move might have created a more hostile environment than previously existed at the school.
Pushback from Daniel and others in a PAC called Spirit of VMI led to Wins making a public statement.
“It is an understatement to say the relocation of the statue has evoked strong opinions on both sides of the issue,” Wins said.
The new Superintendent went on to say that “though change can sometimes be difficult, it is time for our beloved Institution to move forward, to strengthen our unique system of education and training, and grow the leaders of tomorrow.”
Ever since VMI has become an epicenter of the culture war in the military, Spirit of VMI has been at the forefront of the battle against political wokeness in the Armed Forces.
Pro VMI PAC warns against the “malignancy of identity politics”
Spirit of VMI encouraged other alumni and students at VMI to “reject the woke assault, close ranks!”
The PAC is still fighting the battle and has vowed to restore the college to its historical greatness.
In a statement on their website, Spirit of VMI says that too “often described broadly as a form of political correctness, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is a Marxist doctrine at the center of the malignancy of identity politics.”
They described the DEI initiative as “akin to a pervasive cancer” that has “metastasized across the country.”
The group also warned that “DEI sows division, destruction, and discord wherever it has been allowed to fester.”
Superintendent promises “brighter days ahead”
Wins has refuted claims that Critical Race Theory is hurting the school.
“That is categorically false,” Wins said. “We are moving forward…with the bedrock of Institute fundamentals defended and even brighter days ahead, with all that is essential intact and the continuing to produce citizen-soldiers.”
Spirit of VMI said they want to see these DEI initiatives rolled back and that they “stand for a strong VMI with a proud history and a bright future.”
Exactly what type of future will bring brighter days is still up for debate.
Patriot Political will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.