Originally Posted by Yaphett Kotto
Check up on your sources? Definitely not the most right wing and racist.
The majority of people I know of don't care much about politics. The ones that do usually swing somewhat left to far left. But like I said before, the elections are bringing a rise to the right here.
His racism claim does have some merit to it. There have been studies done that show that black airman are far more likely to face punishment than white airmen compared to the other branches.
Here's a link to the full study.
• From 2006 to 2015, black airmen were 1.71 times (71%) more likely to face court-martial or non-judicial punishment (NJP) than white airmen in an average year. This disparity ranged from 1.49 to 1.94 times more likely in a given year.
• Airmen of a race other than black or white, or whose race was unknown, had higher court-martial and NJP rates than white airmen. However, the inclusion of those whose race is unknown makes it difficult to draw specific conclusions.
• From 2006 to 2015, black Marines were 1.32 times (32%) more likely to have a guilty finding at a court-martial or NJP proceeding than white Marines in an average year. This disparity ranged from 1.23 to 1.48 times more likely in a given year.
• The greatest disparities were generally seen for the most serious disciplinary proceedings. In an average year, black Marines were 2.61 times more likely than white Marines to receive a guilty finding at a general court-martial, while they were only 1.29 times more likely than white Marines to receive a guilty finding at an NJP proceeding.
• From 2014 to 2015, the only complete years provided by the Navy, black sailors were 1.40 times (40%) more likely than white sailors to be referred to special or general court-martial and 1.37 times more likely to see action taken against them in the case in an average year.
• The disparity between black and white service members nearly disappeared when considering only post-referral outcomes. Black sailors were about equally likely as white sailors to be diverted from harsher military justice action or to receive a conviction at special or general court-martial. However, because black sailors were initially referred at higher rates, they remain disproportionately impacted by the military justice system.
• From 2006 to 2015, in an average year, black service members were 1.61 times (61%) more likely to face general or special court-martial compared to white service members.
• The disparity between black and white service members ranged from 1.34 to 1.82 times more likely in any one year.
Anecdotally, my unit was notably racist and sexist. It was all male and probably ~90% white. We would have indoc and none of the women would pass. Even if some did they would find some way to wash them out. I heard my leadership talking before and they said women were too much of a problem. The majority of the people that passed were white male airmen. It was one of the reasons I decided to separate. It was a very toxic environment.
All that being said. I still enjoyed my time in the Air Force and that was a great speech. We need more leaders like him.