The self-described “woke” chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer in the Department of Defense’s education branch has a history of calling out white people on social media, according to a report.

The tweets by Kelisa Wing, an Army veteran and the current DEI chief at the DoD’s Education Activity, were first reported by Fox News. When the outlet contacted her for comment, her Twitter account was made private and she declined to respond.

“I’m exhausted with these white folx in these [professional development] sessions,” Wing, who oversees curriculum at DoDEA, tweeted in June 2020, according to Fox. 

“[T]his lady actually had the CAUdacity to say that black people can be racist too… I had to stop the session and give Karen the BUSINESS… [W]e are not the majority, we don’t have power,” the diversity chief continued.

“Caudacity” is a portmanteau referencing audacity expressed by white people.

Kelisa Wing
Kelisa Wing, chief diversity, the equity and inclusion officer in the Department of Defense’s education branch, has put white people on blast in a series of tweets.
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“[B]eing antiracist means being active against racism… you will NEVER arrive… stop centering this on whiteness,” Wing said. 

In another post, Wing responded to another user who criticized an article she had written that claimed “racism is ingrained in the very fabric of our country,” and called on teachers to dismantle “racial oppression,” Fox reported.

“Bye Karen,” Wing wrote, dismissively.

She’s additionally called former President Donald Trump the “whole boy version of a Karen” and his former secretary of education Betsy DeVos as “the queen of Karens.”

The DoDEA and DoD did not immediately respond to Fox’s requests for comment regarding Wing’s tweets.

Wing has additionally co-authored several children’s books concerning race. In 2021, she wrote along with Leigh Ann Dickerson as part of the Racial Justice in America Series “What is White Privilege?”

What Is White Privilege? (Racial Justice in America) Paperback
Wing co-authored the children’s book “What is White Privilege,” published in 2001.
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The book says that “White privilege hurts a lot of people. If you are White you might feel bad about hurting others or you might feel afraid to lose this privilege.”

“Overcoming White privilege is a job that must start with the White community,” the book says.

The book was one of many removed for review by a Florida school district, a nonprofit group that monitors banned books reported, according to Fox.

“Honored to be involved with work that causes good trouble,” Wing said on Twitter in response to the report.

In another book Wing co-authored, titled “What is Anti-Racism?” she reportedly makes unfounded claims including that “the modern idea of ‘race’ was introduced by the National Party in Germany,” despite a long history of conceptions of race and racism predating Nazi Germany, according to Fox. 

Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was labeled as “the queen of Karens.”
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She co-authored another book called “What Does it Mean to Defund the Police?” as part of the children’s series.

When she was promoted to chief in 2021,  the DoD said Wing “has been involved with diversity, equity and inclusion efforts for students and schools over many years, authoring several books on the topic,” according to a release obtained by the outlet.

In a video posted to DoDEA’s YouTube channel, Wing said her responsibilities at DoDEA include “a holistic view of the agency in terms of recruitment and retention, development and promotion, teaching and learning, and then as well as climate.”



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