|Quoting DocLightning (Reply 2):|
Reads like a divisive, inflammatory piece that has very selectively chosen quotes that will most outrage the target audience.
I agree. I'm just gonna go on a whim and say what I think the situation is:
It's a fact that white males hold more leadership positions than minorities or females. I'm not just comparing it to the general population, I'm also comparing it to the actual demographics within the military. These are facts.
Why is the situation like this, though? It could very well be that, through socialization
that white males tend to do better (and racism and sexism has nothing to do with it.) Another possibility is that the military is full of racism and sexism. What do I think the answer is? Both, of course. Socialization controls a huge part of all of our lives and how we act and it's not the military's fault that white males did better outside of the military. In the military, however, there may still be pockets of overt racism and sexism but what I think they are trying to highlight are the lone wolf closet racists/sexists and the unintentional
racism and sexism. CPT
Jones might be the most unracist/unsexist guy there is, consciously, but perhaps he subconsciously treats white males better than other soldiers.
Nothing controversial about that, right? I don't think they are talking about "keeping the white man down" and promoting black females all over the place. If a white male is doing better than a black female, the commander should be able to promote the white male without consequence. If he keeps overlooking the black female who works hard and promotes mediocre white guys, all it might take is just a bit of awareness for the commander to see the mistake he/she is making. Maybe the commander is a racist/sexist and fellow officers can spot this and correct the situation
Let me know when they start promoting less capable people just to get demographics up
Also, the Christian aspect is surprising to me. The military is still very religious with prayers at most major ceremonies and all. I'm seeing more and more atheist service members but I've never seen anyone get discriminated against, but I've heard of it happening. Cannot really comment from experience, but obviously, if there is discrimination going on I don't see how we can twist it into a huge injustice against Christians or something.
And homosexuality... before DADT was repealed I saw major opposition, but afterwards, the opinion on gay service members greatly improved. I hardly see any opposition to homosexuality, it seems to mostly come out (vocally) from higher ranks (but not too high of ranks) but homophobia still exists. Again, if the Pentagon wants to get rid of homophobia, is that an attack on straight people?
EDIT: I'll have to read the actual source and then see what I think about it. Have a feeling it's not going to be earth-shattering...
[Edited 2013-10-31 16:09:55]