US Navy chief quietly takes woke books off the studying listing


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A number of books on the U.S. Navy’s Skilled Studying Program that provoked outrage final 12 months had been absent in an up to date studying listing launched Friday. 

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday’s updated list contains 12 books within the genres of fiction, non-fiction, army, technique, administration, and expertise. 

FILE: Members of the Navy Ceremonial Guard stand for the national anthem during a ceremony for National POW/MIA Recognition Day, at the U.S. Navy Memorial on September 17, 2021 in Washington, DC. 

FILE: Members of the Navy Ceremonial Guard stand for the nationwide anthem throughout a ceremony for Nationwide POW/MIA Recognition Day, on the U.S. Navy Memorial on September 17, 2021 in Washington, DC. 
(Kevin Dietsch)

Lacking from the listing had been the titles Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to Be an Antiracist,” Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow” and Jason Pierceson’s “Sexual Minorities and Politics” – all of which had been included on the Navy’s 2021 studying listing. 

A number of Republican members of Congress had raised issues about these titles being included, with one telling Gilday in a letter that the views expressed in “How to Be an Antiracist” had been “explicitly anti-American.” 

Ibram X. Kendi at American University in Washington following a panel discussion on his book

Ibram X. Kendi at American College in Washington following a panel dialogue on his e-book “How to Be an Antiracist” on Sept. 26, 2019.  
(Michael A. McCoy/For The Washington Submit through Getty Pictures)

Gilday responded on the time that the Kendi’s e-book was included as a result of “it evokes the author’s own personal journal in understanding barriers to true inclusion, the deep nuances of racism and racial inequalities.” 

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Gilday stated the purpose of this system is to foster the continued schooling and development – each private {and professional} – of sailors. 

“We are driving a fleet-wide campaign of self-improvement,” Gilday stated in an announcement revealed Friday. “We must foster an organization that supports and empowers Sailors to have an independent quest for knowledge through reading and information sharing. What you know and how fast you learn is relevant in this era of strategic competition.” 

Friday’s up to date studying listing contains the next titles: 

  • “To Rule the Waves” by Bruce Jones
  • “A Brief Guide to Maritime Strategy” by James Holmes
  • “China as a 21st Century Naval Power” by Michael. A. McDevitt
  • “Not One Inch” by Mary E. Sarotte
  • “The Sailor’s Bookshelf: Fifty Books to Know the Sea” by Admiral James G. Stavridis
  • “Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War” by Paul Scharre
  • “Fortune Favors Boldness” by Barry Costello
  • “The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy’s Finest Hour” by James Hornfischer
  • “World War II at Sea: A Global History” by Craig Symonds
  • “Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield” by Gayle T. Lemmon
  • “Dare to Lead” by Brene Brown
  • “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol Dweck
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Every day Submit has reached out to the Navy for touch upon the up to date studying listing however didn’t hear again earlier than publication time. 

Every day Submit’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this story. 


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