Rank-and-file soldiers coached in perils of ‘white privilege’
Political correctness apparently just as important as military readiness
FORT GORDON, GEORGIA — Documents reveal the U.S. Army indoctrinated soldiers on dangers of “white privilege.”
Our U.S. military is in the midst of the longest period of sustained combat in our nation’s history. One would think that discussions about “white privilege” would be absurd in a military, which is currently under stress by increasing demands and a diminishing budget. Yet, it appears the United States Army — at the behest of the Obama administration — is prioritizing political correctness over the military readiness that is necessary to ensure troops’ safety and battlefield success.
Recently, documents obtained from the Department of the Army reveal that 400 soldiers in the 67th Signal Battalion at Fort Gordon, Georgia were subjected in April 2015 to a “white privilege” briefing, including a Power Point presentation instructing the attendees: “Our society attaches privilege to being white and male and heterosexual…”
The slideshow also informed the soldiers: “Race privilege gives whites little reason to pay a lot of attention to African Americans.”
The presentation alleged that there are unspecified “powerful forces everywhere” keeping different kinds of people from being valued, accepted, and appreciated but “we act as if it doesn’t exist.” This alleged privilege creates a “yawning divide” in income, wealth, and dignity. The material described a mythical African woman who isn’t overly aware that she is black until she comes to America, encounters “white racism” and discovers the U.S. is “organized according to race.”
These documents were obtained from the Department of the Army in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, which sought: “Any and all materials used in an Equal Opportunity briefing provided on the specified date and location, which included a discussion of this subject including but not limited to handouts, visual and audio tapes and presentation materials and any recordings of the presentation itself.”
The response to that request included all of the requested material, and states in part: “Privilege exists when one group has something of value that is denied to others simply because of the groups they belong to, rather than because of anything they’ve done or failed to do.”
According to this indoctrination, 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 America means not having to think about it.”
Points stressed in the presentation included the option that society attaches privilege to being white and male and heterosexual — regardless of your social class.
“Consider the black woman in Africa who has not experienced white racism and does not identify herself as a black woman. She considers herself an African woman but not black. “She only became black when she came to the United States where privilege is organized according to race, where she is assigned to a social category that bears that name and she is treated differently as a result.”
Though news of the indoctrination incident appeared in the military publication “Stars and Stripes” only some of the material has been made public. Confronted with the information at the time, and Army spokesman claimed the presentation was not officially sanctioned.
Materials have previously been obtained from the Defense Department equal-opportunity training materials that depicts conservative organizations as “hate groups” and advised students to be aware that “many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states rights, and how to make the world a better place.”
In October 2015 it was discovered that Air Force Academy documents show how the Academy used its “Chapel Tithes and Offering Fund” to pay for cadets to participate in worship services featuring witchcraft, “Faery Magick” and voodoo.
Throughout the Obama administration, attacks on religious freedom inside the military have been frequent. For example, earlier this year, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation waged a campaign to have Bibles removed from “Missing Man” displays located on federal property. They claim the inclusion of the Bible is a violation of federal law.
Bibles and prayer services have been banned in numerous other instances as well. The Air Force removed “God” from the unit’s logo and the Army removed the cross and steeple from a chapel.
In July 2011, the Army’s 20 year old ethics course was eliminated because it referenced Scripture. About the same time, a painting, which contained a verse from Scripture, was removed from the Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho following a complaint by an anti-Christian “religious freedom” group.
Then, there was the Air force officer who was forced to remove a Bible from his desk because it might offend someone. And, there is the military chaplain who was instructed to resign his commission if he refused to “get on board” with the abolition of the military’s “Don’t Asked, Don’t Tell” policy.
In 2013, the Department of Defense was sued for records about removal of “So Help Me God” from the Air Force Academy written materials. Among the deletions – in response to the objections of a single atheist — was the oath administered to Air Force inductees.
While this oath has undergone modifications over the centuries, the phrase “So Help Me God” dates all the way back to 1776. So there can be no question regarding whether or not the Founding Fathers believed there was any conflict among the reference to “God” and the founding principles of the Constitution.
The Obama administration undermines the morale of our military with morally repugnant equal opportunity training that makes soldiers feel unwelcome because they are the wrong sex, race, religion or are part of a politically correct group.