The Air Force Academy in Colorado rolled out a diversity curriculum in 2021 instructing cadets to avoid gendered language, including words like “mom” and “dad,” according to a slide presentation obtained by Fox News.
Cadets should use “person-centered” words that “include all genders,” slides for the curriculum, entitled “Diversity & Inclusion: What it is, why we care, & what we can do,” says, Fox News reported Thursday. The training program purports to emphasize the power of applying diverse perspectives toward solving problems in Air Force operations. (RELATED: ‘I Want To Understand White Rage’: Joint Chiefs Chairman Defends Teaching CRT, Rips ‘Offensive’ Criticisms Of ‘Woke’ US Military)
“Some families are headed by single parents, grandparents, foster parents, two moms, two dads, etc.: consider ‘parent or caregiver’ instead of ‘mom and dad,’” the presentation states. “Use words that include all genders … ‘partner’ vs. ‘boyfriend or girlfriend.’”
It also advises cadets to refrain from the idea of “colorblindness,” embracing “color consiousness” instead. “We see Color/Patterns AND VALUE people for their uniqueness,” it states.
One exercise involves having cadets divide into small groups and write down as many animals beginning with G as they can think of in 60 seconds, emphasizing the value of multiple inputs on a single problem.
The slides state that Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) training is a critical factor in “developing warfighters” who are “prepared to lead the USAF … with character,” Fox News reported. “Our leaders have deemed D&I a warfighting imperative,” the slides stated.
Cadets are instructed at the onset of the training to keep conversations confidential and not to “share people’s stories with their name/identifiers.”