Unfit for Deployment: US military permeated with ‘deep-rooted racism and discrimination’

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A new report has revealed “deep-rooted racism and discrimination” permeate in every nook and cranny of the US armed forces with the Pentagon failing in its attempts contain it.

Press TV: Recent interviews with a number of active and former members of the US military forces cited by the Associated Press (AP) on Friday revealed complaints by most minorities, including Blacks, Hispanics, Asians and Native Americans, that they had experienced discrimination and “deep-rooted culture of racism” in the US military.

In the interviews quoted by the AP, current and former enlistees and officers in nearly every branch of the armed forces described the deep-rooted culture of racism and discrimination that festered the US military.

“Racist, sexual and bigoted jokes are a daily occurrence in my ‘work place,'” a Marine was quoted as saying in the AP report. “Very little has really ever been done to prevent it.”

Another Marine said slurs were commonly uttered by officers and enlisted colleagues with no repercussions.

The AP report noted that the US military judicial system lacked an explicit category to address the issue of hate crime. It added that the Pentagon had no means to track down and identify US servicemen with extremist views. This comes despite repeated statements by the Pentagon vowing to eradicate extremist members of the armed forces after the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol Hill by supporters of former president Donald Trump, many of them having links to US armed forces.

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In February, US Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III, the first Black man to serve in the post, ordered an operational “stand-down” for US military commanders to review the issue of extremism in the ranks with their service members.

Austin pledged to eradicate “racists and extremists” from the US forces during his confirmation hearing before Congress, which came on the heels of the Capitol attack.

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“The job of the Department of Defense is to keep America safe from our enemies,” he insisted. “But we can’t do that if some of those enemies lie within our own ranks.”

Austin ordered commanders to address the issue as they saw fit. However, he insisted that the discussions should include the meaning of their oath, acceptable behaviors both in and out of uniform, and how service members can report actual or suspected extremist behavior through their chains of command.

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In a statement to the AP, Pentagon spokesman Maj. Cesar Santiago noted Austin’s “stand-down” order in February that pointed to the oath of office taken by military servicemen, including a “commitment to protecting our nation from enemies foreign and domestic.”

Santiago acknowledged “that far too many service members indicate they experience discrimination,” claiming that in response to the complaints, the Pentagon had made multiple attempts in the past year to address the issue and resolve the matter, including updating its anti-harassment policy, assessing its training on implicit bias, and developing data-driven strategies to guide efforts to attract and retain diverse members and also identify unhealthy work environments.

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Shortly after Austin’s “stand-down” order, the Southern Poverty Law Center sent him a letter applauding him for his decisive action but underscoring that systemic change on all military levels is urgent.

“Those who are indoctrinated into white supremacist ideology present a significant threat to national security and the safety of our communities,” SPLC President Margaret Huang warned.

“You’re not going to escape racism anywhere in this country,” former airman, Nick Shands told AP in an interview. “The best interpretation I’ve ever heard of being in the military, especially a minority or a person of color in the military, is that the military is a microcosm of regular society.”

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5 COMMENTS

  1. I call BS on this “US military permeated with ‘deep-rooted racism and discrimination’”

    More of the Left trying to divide the United States of America and the US Military

  2. No doubt that US is the most powerful army in the world. But what good has come out of it. They have been used and abused by the corrupt Presidents and Zionist-influenced Congress of the US. One gets the feeling that after Kennedy, US lost its glory and chose to become a slave nation. With its over-weight citizens heavily drugged and fully dependent on what their country can do for them! Even the police are a “third grade” trigger-happy corrupt to the core, Israeli trained, shoot-first-ask-questions-later force. Unfortunately, there is not much nice things one can say about US right now. There are no signs of God’s blessing – as was always being asked by Americans. This is what happens to a country that has chosen to go with Zionism and Talmud!

  3. Gordon has written extensively about how dominionists have wormed their way into the officer corps and the service academies. This has almost led to WWIII on a number of occasions. When 50 million Christian Zionists think Trump is their ticket to the Rapture, it’s not hard to believe that there are many in the US military hope the “South” will rise again, and again, and again…

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