Who is Kelisa Wing? Defense Dept equity officer and author of 'anti-racism' books mocks 'white folx' online
Some of her posts referred to Donald Trump as the 'whole boy version of a Karen' and his Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, as 'the queen of Karens'
Recently-resurfaced social media posts have revealed that a senior official in the Pentagon's education wing who has written books on anti-racism mocked WHITE people on Twitter on various occasions. Kelisa Wing is the chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer in the Department of Defense's Education Activity office. The department reportedly oversees schooling for children of Pentagon employees, including active duty service members.
Before landing the role, however, Wing posted controversial comments on Twitter. In one of her posts, she disparaged a woman for stating that BLACK people "can be racist too". Among Wing's books are 'Racial Justice In America' and 'What Does it Mean To Defund the Police?'. One book is called 'What Is White Privilege'.
Lines from her books say "If you are White you might feel bad about hurting others or you might feel afraid to lose this privilege". One of the books asks children to consider if they will "really feel good at the end of the race when you look back and see others fighting obstacles that you didn't even have?"
However, her social media posts, which are the main source of the controversy, lie in her Twitter account, which has now been set to private. "I'm exhausted with these white folx in these [professional development] sessions," Wing wrote on July 23, 2020. "[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…we are not the majority, we don't have power." Words like "Caudacity" and "Karen" are slang terms used to mock WHITE people.
Some of her other posts referred to Donald Trump as the "whole boy version of a Karen" and his Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, as "the queen of Karens". Wing responded to one user's complaint about "white nonsense" by saying, "If another Karen tells me about her feelings… I might lose it..." She referred to herself as "woke" on several occasions. In one such post, she is seen wearing a Jay-Z shirt.
Wing was a teacher and served in the US Army before joining the Defense Department. She rose to the level of Staff Sergeant during her military service, the Daily Mail reported. Her website reads, "I have been in education for 16 years. My journey into the teaching profession began after I was honorably discharged from the United States Army. I served as a Youth Consultant for the Self-Expression Teen Theater (SETT) under United Way. After moving to Germany with my family, I began substitute teaching, then transitioned to a Special Education paraprofessional, was a school secretary, and eventually, an Administrative Officer. I then taught 8th-grade Language Arts and Reading to military-connected children at Faith Middle School in Fort Benning, Georgia, was an Elementary School Assistant Principal in New York, a Professional Development Specialist, and now work as a Chief of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Virginia." She added, "I honorably served in the U.S. Army for six years and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant."