Naval Academy Accused of Teaching CRT, Sued For Records

A conservative watchdog recently filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Defense seeking records related to critical race theory possibly being taught at the U.S. Naval Academy.

In a press release on Tuesday, Judicial Watch announced that it had "filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Defense for records related to the United States Naval Academy implementing Critical Race Theory (CRT) in the training of naval recruits."

According to the press release, Judicial Watch previously filed a FOIA request with the Department of Defense in August 2021, seeking records related to the possible teaching of CRT in the Naval Academy. The FOIA request sought to obtain "PowerPoint presentations used for training and/or classroom instruction discussing Critical Race Theory, CRT (when used to represent Critical Race Theory), and/or 'white supremacy,'" as well as any emails sent or received by Naval Academy officials discussing CRT.

The lawsuit filed this week came after Judicial Watch filed a similar lawsuit against the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, and eventually obtained records that it said showed that CRT was being taught at the academy.

"Judicial Watch announced today it received 518 pages and 135 pages of records revealing critical race theory instruction at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. One training slide contains a graphic titled 'MODERN-DAY SLAVERY IN THE USA,'" Judicial Watch said in a press release on June 20, 2022.

Over the past several months, CRT has continued to make headlines, with many officials, such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, working to remove it from school curricula. While speaking with Newsweek last year, Kendall Thomas, co-editor of Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Formed the Movement and a law professor at Columbia University, explained that CRT seeks to detail and explain issues related to "institutional racism."

"CRT challenges us to see that racial injustice in America is not, and has never been, just a problem of isolated instances of individual bias and private prejudice which we can solve by enacting 'color-blind' laws and policies," Thomas told Newsweek.

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A conservative watchdog recently filed a lawsuit with the Department of Defense requesting records related to the possible teaching of critical race theory at the U.S. Naval Academy. Above, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly over graduation ceremonies at the U.S. Naval Academy on May 22, 2015, in Annapolis, Maryland. Mark Wilson/Getty

"Marxist Critical Race Theory and its racial division have no place in the Naval Academy, which is training the next generations of Navy leadership," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement on Tuesday. "That the Pentagon has been unlawfully hiding these records for a year suggests something awful is afoot."

Judicial Watch declined to make any further comments after Newsweek reached out.

According to its press release, Judicial Watch has a history of obtaining schools' records showing that they were teaching CRT to students.

The Department of Defense and Naval Academy both declined to make any comments after Newsweek reached out.