Medal of HonorA 637-page Pentagon training manual created by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) includes a section on “white privilege.” Officers are taught that “white males represent the haves as compared to the have-notes.” The manual was revealed in 2013 due to solid reporting by Fox’s Todd Starnes. It should come as no surprise then that the Army now has an infestation of race termites in its ranks.

USA Today reported Friday:

WASHINGTON — Army officials are investigating a diversity training briefing at Fort Gordon, Ga., in which a slide about “white privilege” was inappropriately shown to soldiers, according to an Army spokeswoman

The Equal Opportunity briefing took place Thursday for about 400 soldiers of the 67th Signal Battalion, Capt. Lindsay Roman, an Army spokeswoman, said Friday. The slide titled “The Luxury of Obliviousness” has bullet-point items about “white privilege.”

One item reads, “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.'”

The presentation was not authorized, nor was it part of the standard slides shown to soldiers, Roman said.

“The unit (Equal Opportunity) instructor deviated from the authorized topic and content which was provided,” Roman said. “To prevent further instances, all unit instructors will receive additional training on the importance of following Army EO training requirements.”

First of all, following lawful orders is a “biggie” in the Army. I hope the EO instructor pays dearly for his or her offense, but I digress.

One of the beautiful things about the Army, which I sadly didn’t appreciate until after I left, was just devoid it was of all the inescapable political correctness found in the civilian world. Race is first stripped of all infantrymen in basic training — your are just a number. I was “Roster Number 144.” After graduation, race wasn’t an issue at my unit because no one really cares about race. They care about performance.

Do you follow orders? Can you be trusted to do what is right even when no one is looking? Are you loyal? Are you a “fat body” or are you a “PT stud”? Can you march 25 miles with 65 pounds on your back without lagging behind? None of those questions have anything to do with race. I can honestly say that I never had any race problems during my time in Charlie Company, 1/18 Infantry Battalion. It was only when I got out of the Army that I realized there was an entire industry of people dedicated to using race to divide the population.

The civilian world is full of people who make excuses — for everything. It’s filled with quitters. It’s filled with people who sit around feeling sorry for themselves instead of getting up off their butt and making the impossible possible. Yes, it’s also filled with millions of men and women with grit in their spit who work hard to and make the world a better place, but it can not be denied that the proportion of professional whiners in its ranks is astounding.

Mitt Romney was rightfully thumped in the polls for the delivery of his “47 percent” comment in 2012, but his core argument was sound: there is a cancerous mass of Americans who do not see work as a virtue and try to avoid it at all costs. One way to avoid work is to blame “white privilege” on any number of life’s unfortunate circumstances and then use it as a cudgel on those who dare to speak painful truths. It is an incredibly frightening realization that race termites have finished hollowing out American culture and found a way to burrow into a world that was previously out of their reach: the military.

Certain occupational specialties will always be resistant to politically correct psychobabble. The problem is that “race-baiter resistant” is not the same as “race-baiter proof.” Will the man to your right trust you when he’s been indoctrinated with Pentagon manuals and EO diversity training courses that say to “assume racism is everywhere, every day”? Answer: Not likely.

If the Army is smart, then they’ll put a boot up this EO instructor’s butt and make sure that “white privilege” slides are only used when they’re printed out and taped to pop-up targets.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

4 comments

  1. Most junior enlisted people come from working class (and, sometimes, even poor) backgrounds. It’s so much fun for some white PFC or specialist from Appalachia to attend those mandatory “EO” and “Human Relations” classes, and get lectured (by some officer from some affluent suburb) about six hundred years of slavery.

    The US Army was the most PC (and the most penny wise/pound foolish) employer I ever had. Don’t let me get started. I could go on all day about good corpsmen (both black and white) working hard and doing a great job in their primary MOS’s, but getting punished over asinine chickensh*t (e.g., the barracks detail flunked inspection). And incompetent officers and NCO’s, who were commissioned and/or promoted to fill arbitrary quotas. And BF’s who were constantly goofing off in the day room when they were supposed to be working, and their superiors who were afraid to try to discipline them, for fear of being accused of racism. And the ticket-punching lifers who thought that the Army existed, not to defend the country, but to provide them with career development and promotion opportunities.

    Speaking of people who think that the armed forces exist for some better purpose than national defense, that is part of the reason for the emphasis on social engineering in the US military. The limousine liberals who run the government believe that all international conflict can be solved by “smart diplomacy.” So they don’t see any need for armed forces for deterrence or defense. Therefore, the military can be used instead as a gigantic encounter group, or as a laboratory for social experimentation.

    1. I think the thing that bothered me most as a young guy was that good soldiers sort of disappeared into the crowd. A guy who was a habitual screw-up would be rewarded in some way if he could keep himself together for six months, while another who was always “squared away” got passed over. That bothered me to no end.

      There were certain guys who had magnetic personalities, but you knew that it was only a matter of months before they’d get arrested, fail a drug test, etc. All sorts of time and effort was spent trying to turn “PFC X” into a good soldier at the expense of “PFC Y” — who was already where he needed to be, but more soft-spoken.

      When I got in I had a Platoon Sergeant who said “I don’t do paperwork.” He flat-out said that. Meanwhile, the Platoon Sergeant from 2nd Platoon was always doing what he could to get his guys recognized or promoted. It seemed to me that it didn’t really matter how hard you worked in a situation like that, because the guy who was in charge of your destiny (in many respects) was screwing you over and there was nothing that could be done about it. I think that in the long run I would have been just fine if I stayed in…but there was a lot of stuff like that that really soured me on staying in for 20-plus years.

  2. If you’ll permit me, I seem to recall Dan Slott saying something in reference to the fact that racism can’t happen to people who’re white. Yet somehow this “diversifying” of military soldiers stating that white men have better advantages then those of another ethnicity, simply because they have White Privilege.

    How is that not racist? Honestly.

    1. It was very frustrating for me when I got out of the military and went to college. In the Army, you earn respect by doing your job right and by putting in the extra time to get yourself into the best shape possible — physically and mentally. Did you max your PT Test? Did you qualify Expert on your weapon? Can I count on you to get the job done when I have somewhere else to be? That’s all that mattered in my mechanized infantry unit. It had nothing to do with race.

      I then got out and suddenly I find myself in a classroom where the professor tells me I’m “subconsciously racist” simply because I’m white. Huh?!

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