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Defense Department reviews 'woke' equity chief over derogatory posts about white people

Wing described herself as a "woke administrator" at the Defense Department's education agency.

Published: September 19, 2022 9:01am

Updated: September 19, 2022 10:14am

The Defense Department says it is reviewing an agency diversity officer after the discovery of derogatory online posts about white people attributed to her.

A department spokesperson said officials "are aware of the news reports" concerning Kelisa Wing, the Pentagon's Defense Education Activity Department's chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion officer, Fox News reported Friday.

"The office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness is reviewing this matter," the official said.

Wing has described herself as a "woke administrator" for the Defense Education Activity Department, which oversees military schools for nearly 70,000 children of service members stationed abroad.

She appears to have deleted or deactivated her LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. But in a 2020 tweet captured by Fox, she said she was "exhausted at these white folx [sic]" in meetings.

"I had to stop the session and give Karen the BUSINESS" for saying that black people can be racist too, Wing also said at the time.

Karen is an offensive term describing middle-aged white women.

She referred to white people as "Karen" on several occasions online, and in a different instance she called former President Trump the "whole boy version of a Karen."

Wing's posts came before she was promoted to her position as diversity chief in December 2021, but she has worked at the Defense Department for 16 years. 

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