Pentagon Official Recommends Book Calling 9/11 Responders ‘Menaces’

  • As a teacher in 2018, the Pentagon diversity, equity, and inclusion chief at the Department of Defense’s education arm recommended a book for classrooms that labeled 9/11 first responders as “menaces.”
  • In the book Kelisa Wing promoted, author Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote that 9/11 responders, “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.”
  • Wing has also promoted the book on at least two occasions while representing herself as a Pentagon employee.
  • The Pentagon’s education wing services more than 60,000 military-connected children in 160 schools around the world.
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