A high-ranking defense department official is under investigation after the woman leading the agency’s antiracist efforts made racist remarks on social media.
“I’m so exhausted at these white folx in these PD sessions,” tweeted DoDEA Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Kelisa Wing, “this 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.”
The since-deleted post was screen-captured by Fox News before its removal from Twitter.
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A spokesperson at DOD, Cmdr. Nicole Schwegman, said, “We are aware of news reports concerning an official at DoDEA. The office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness is reviewing this matter.”
“Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts in… [DoDEA] are an important part of building and sustaining an organizational culture where all students, educators, and staff are valued and respected,” the spokesperson said. “Our focus remains on ensuring military-connected students, their families, and our employees have equitable access to opportunities and resources that support student achievement and readiness for college and careers.”
Wing’s Twitter and her LinkedIn account appeared to be deleted or deactivated. Fox News Digital previously downloaded a copy of her professional account profile. It indicated she worked at the DOD for 16 years and was promoted to DEI chief in December 2021.
“[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,” Wing said on Twitter. “Caudacity” is a slang term that is used to describe audacity demonstrated by White people.
On another occasion, Wing responded to a user who said, “I am exhausted by 99% of the white men in education and 95% of the white women. Where can I get a break from white nonsense for a while?”
Wing responded, “If another Karen tells me about her feelings… I might lose it…”
In another post, Wing responded to a user who criticized the DOD diversity chief’s article demanding all teachers take part in “dismantling racial oppression” and claimed that “racism is ingrained in the very fabric of our country.”
“Bye Karen,” Wing responded to the user.
Wing has also referred to former President Trump as the “whole boy version of a Karen” and former secretary of education Betsy DeVos as “the queen of Karens.”
When Wing was promoted to chief, the DOD said Wing “has been involved with diversity, equity and inclusion efforts for… schools over many years, authoring several books on the topic.”
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