Pentagon equity head recommended kids to read book calling 9/11 first responders 'menaces'

The Pentagon was targeted in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Updated: October 17, 2022 - 3:54pm

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The Pentagon's diversity, equity and inclusion chief for the agency's education programs reportedly recommended for children to read a book calling 9/11 first responders "menaces."

Kelisa Wing, who leads diversity activities at the Defense Department's education wing and is currently under review for anti-white comments, recommended in 2018 for classrooms to use the book "Between the World and Me," Fox News reported Monday.

"They were not human to me. Black, white, or whatever, they were menaces of nature; they were the fire, the comet, the storm, which could — with no justification — shatter my body," Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote in his anti-police book, "Between the World and Me."

The Pentagon was targeted in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and 184 people were killed there.

As a teacher, Wing listed "Between the World and Me" on a "Social Justice Book List" in a 2018 article for "Digital Promise," an Obama-era organization that focuses on innovation in education.

"Your classroom materials should be a mirror for your students in which they can see themselves represented," Wing said in the article.