Earlier this month, the Pentagon said that “extremism” training was needed for troops who see the “Capitol riot” and “Black Lives Matter protests” as similar.
On Tuesday, Fox News reported that the Navy’s “extremism” training consists of telling sailors that “it’s okay to advocate for Black Lives Matter (BLM) while at work” but they’re “not allowed to discuss ‘politically partisan’ issues.”
Saying “it’s OK to be white” will presumably land you in the brig!
The US Navy’s “extremism” training says it’s okay to advocate for Black Lives Matter (BLM) while at work but sailors are not allowed to discuss “politically partisan” issues, according to training slides obtained by Fox News.
A question posed in a “scenarios for discussion” slide asked if BLM was “political stuff” that superiors in the Navy are “not supposed to be talking about at work,” according to the slides, which Fox obtained from a U.S. military official who took part in the training at the Pentagon.
The answer given by the Navy called BLM a “public policy issue” and gave the green light for advocating for the organization “as long as the behavior is otherwise lawful and the advocacy is not politically partisan in nature.”
“Advocating for or against a public policy issue (as here) is authorized as long as the behavior is otherwise lawful and the advocacy is not politically partisan in nature (e.g. it doesn’t specifically address a political party),” the slide reads. “If the discussions make you uncomfortable, discuss the matter with your boss or another supervisor.”
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby was asked about the issue on Monday and refused to give a proper response:
Jack Posobiec shared a message reportedly from a sailor who attended the “extremism indoctrination” earlier this month.
“They showed us a video from [the Secretary of Defense], every time the word extremism was said in the video there were pictures of white people both in uniform and not in uniform,” the sailor said. “No persons of color.”
He said he told his chief that BLM was an extremist group and his chief responded by saying that “in order for them to be extremist they have to commit unlawful acts.”
“I almost fell of my chair,” the sailor said.