“[The] Uniformed Services should not teach our heroic men and women in uniform the lie that the country for which they are willing to die is fundamentally racist. Such teachings could directly threaten the cohesion and effectiveness of our Uniformed Services.”
Donald Trump penned these words in September of this year when he issued an executive order arguing that diversity training in the military was asserting the U.S. is “irredeemably racist and sexist.” His claim was that it undermines America’s armed forces.
Enlistees in any branch of the military are fully aware of the diversity they will encounter when they raise their right hands. They understand they will be living, eating, fighting, yes, and partying, with all manner of races and religions, and they obviously have no problem with it.
To sit our military heroes in a classroom to teach them why they should all get along with one another when they already do is not only counterproductive, it’s a kick in the butt insult to everyone in uniform.
“This ideology is rooted in the pernicious and false belief that America is an irredeemably racist and sexist country; that some people, simply on account of their race or sex, are oppressors; and that racial and sexual identities are more important than our common status as human beings and Americans,” Trump wrote.
Following the death of George Floyd, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Kaleth Wright, a Black man, spoke out about his experiences in the military as a person of color. DoD officials were quick to address the issue.
In June, following Wright’s comments, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday said in a released video, “As a Navy, we cannot tolerate discrimination or racism of any kind. We must work to identify and eliminate individual and systemic racism within our force.”
TASK Force One Navy was created to conduct diversity training but instead will focus on identifying problem areas where racism and sexism may be a problem, rather than focusing on the majority of troops who need no training.
As stated by Naval Cmdr. Dav Hecht in the Navy Times, “As TF1N does not conduct training, the release of the ALNAV has no direct impact on its mission. TF1N continues to conduct listening sessions to identify areas in our Navy that detract from readiness, such as racism, sexism, and other structural and interpersonal biases.”
Though the issue is not nearly as great as it’s being made out to be, every military branch has programs underway to combat racism within the military. As an example, Confederate flags have been banned from all installations.
Racists are easy to identify in the military and they are being reprimanded or ousted as they are discovered. Their fellow troops don’t mind reporting them for disciplinary action as these are not patriots who are worthy of wearing the same uniform as them.
President Trump was correct in abolishing diversity training. Not only is it a huge waste of taxpayers money, but why teach a bunch of people why they should be hating one another when they don’t. The training was doing far more to fester racism than it was to eliminate it. Ask any military member and they will tell you the same. They hated going to those classes due to their being a waste of time.
In summary, the order read how “many people” have promoted a “different vision of America” that is based on a hierarchy of certain social and political identities — not one that values the “equal dignity of every person as an individual.”
We could not agree more. What are your thoughts on this? Agree or disagree?