Category Archives: Military

The Military, Minorities And Social Engineering

On Aug. 25 President Trump signed a directive reinstating a previous ban on transgender persons serving in the U.S. military, thereby continuing the perennial debate about the relationship between military service and social policy. In an interview with the BBC after the president tweeted his intention to reverse Obama policy, then White House adviser Sebastian… Read More »

Why Military Chiefs Are Condemning White Supremacy

Since the president of the United States cast his lot in with white supremacists in his #NotAllNazis moment this week, the nation’s military service chiefs have responded with full-throated statements rejecting extremism and intolerance. These statements have alarmed many. “If we lived in a different sort of country,” Fred Kaplan wrote in Slate, “this could… Read More »

Rebel base names, statues disgrace U.S. military facilities and Congress

With all the attention on the white nationalist terrorist attack in Charlottesville, let’s not forget Uncle Sam’s curious comforting of treasonous Confederates. While places such as Maryland, New Orleans and Charlottesville have taken action against proslavery and Confederate statues, 10 U.S. military bases continue to honor the rebels by carrying names of their leaders. Consider… Read More »

Navy honors 102-year-old vet, black pioneer

The Navy recognized a 102-year-old World War II veteran Thursday by inaugurating a new barracks in his name, a rare honor for a living recipient. From his wheelchair, retired Chief Steward Andy Mills waved to the sailors attending the ceremony Thursday at the naval base, in Coronado, California, near San Diego. Mills told reporters softly… Read More »

Black and White in Vietnam

In 1967, the NBC journalist Frank McGee spent nearly a month living with soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. Though the troops were often engaged in heavy combat, McGee had a different interest: the experiences of African-American soldiers. McGee’s reporting, which resulted in the NBC documentary “Same Mud, Same Blood,” focused on Platoon… Read More »

White House aide Omarosa Manigault tackling Pentagon racial bias in military justice

Top White House aide Omarosa Manigault has taken an interest in how race affects military justice, receiving a briefing from Pentagon officials on a recent report that found black troops are far more likely to face punishment than their white comrades, according to government officials. Manigault, the top-ranking African American official inside the White House,… Read More »