Monday, April 6, 2015

Race & Gender Politics & Our Military

The Obama administration, on one hand, is attempting to use the military to promote its left wing social policies at whatever the expense to our combat effectiveness. On the other hand, the administration is trying to impose its racially divisive politics on the services.

Here's the's problem with the latter. There is no more fully and harmoniously integrated institution in the world than the U.S. military. I can speak from experience on this, having spent ten years as an infantry officer in multiple units. During my entire time in service, I never once saw an incident of racism. Any that do occur are very much discrete and anamolous, far outside the norm. It is not a mischaracterization at all to say that the members of the military see themselves as a band of brothers (and sisters) and that the skin color of soldiers is camo green. So when the administration tries to convince soldiers that racism is problematic in the military, the reaction of soldiers is no surprise. This from an article at The Blaze today, Army Soldiers Sit Through ‘White Privilege’ Presentation — and the Backlash Isn’t Pretty:

The U.S. Army is investigating an unauthorized diversity training presentation on “white privilege” shown to hundreds of Georgia soldiers, USA Today reported, citing an Army spokeswoman.

The Equal Opportunity training presentation was shown to about 400 soldiers of the 67th Signal Battalion at Fort Gordon on Thursday, according to Captain Lindsay Roman.

The portion of the program involved a slide projected on a screen entitled ”The Luxury of Obliviousness,” which listed elements of “white privilege.”

“Race privilege gives whites little reason to pay a lot of attention to African Americans or to how white privilege affects them. ‘To be white in American (sic) means not having to think about it,’” one bullet point read.

After an image of the slide was posted to a Facebook page, the reaction was swift and pointed.

“That should be instant UCMJ and Dishonorable Discharge for the instructor who deviated in this manner,” George Stevens wrote.

“Pretty sick of hearing about white privilege. Nearly my entire chain of command and NCO support channel have been Hispanic or black since I joined,” Tim Wilson Jr. added.

“True story: I went to a forced EEO class and the white female SSG said we white folks were a problem. I looked around the room and everyone of every race were rolling their eyes,” Scott Hampton Truelove recalled. “We of all races went fishing, eating out, having BBQs, went to the club, together. We all never had a problem with race. We as a group stood up and walked out. She was cutting into our beer drinking time.” . . .

The fantasy the left spins in the political world, pretending that America is still 1954 Selma writ large and that racism is rampant and the single greatest problem facing minorities, simply cannot even begin to get a foothold in our military. Indeed, it is an utter travesty that the left wants to stoke racial tensions in an organization that is in reality the model for what racial integration and harmony can and should be.

The article goes on to point out that the administration points to a "diversity" problem in the military because, while 18% of soldiers are black, only 10% of the officer corps are black. Statistics of course, do not prove racism in any context, regardless of how much the left would like to claim. Could there be a reason for this disparity?

Well, one, military enlistment has long been seen as a stepping stone to the middle class for blacks, so it is no surprise at all that the number of black enlisted soldiers in a volunteer army is significantly higher than the proportion of blacks in our population as a whole -- about 12%. Two, becoming an officer requires a college degree. Given the horrid state of education that a significant proportion of blacks face, perhaps the problem is not that blacks are being rejected disproportionately for the officer ranks based on race, but, might it be something to do with inner city schools controlled by politicians and teachers' unions?

But the overlay of racial politics on the military is not the Obama administration's only sin. Far more problematic is the unilateral decision of the administration to allow women into combat units. I've said countless times, even leaving aside all of the issues with unit cohesion that this would inevitably cause, the simple fact is that the only way to allow women into combat units in any number would be seriously degrade physical standards. This today from AP:

Surveys find that men in U.S. special operations forces do not believe women can meet the physical and mental demands of their commando jobs, and they fear the Pentagon will lower standards to integrate women into their elite units, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Some of those concerns were not limited to men, researchers found, but also were found among women in special operations jobs.

Dan Bland, force management director for U.S. Special Operations Command, told the AP that the survey results have "already driven us to do some different things in terms of educating the force."

About 68,800 people serve in the command, including 3,000 civilians. The main survey went to about 18,000 people who are in positions closed to women, and the response was about 50 percent. The high response rate, officials said, reflects the wide interest in the subject.

The studies are part of the Pentagon's effort to open all military combat positions to women or provide reasons why any jobs should remain closed. . . .

Just sickening. And purely political. Does anyone recall a single study done before this decision was made to determine whether allowing women into combat units would enhance our military effectiveness? Of course not. And the fact that we have officers in flag rank who merely stand by and allow this to happen tells you all you need to know about how politicized our military has become. If this policy is allowed to continue in force after the Obama administration leaves in 2017, our nation will pay a significant price in the blood of our soldiers come the next war, all for the sake of leftist politics.

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