I have a very sad update about my one of my favorite institutions of higher learning, the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Legal Insurrection readers may recall my son is now a cadet. Happily, he seems to have started before the Biden Diversity Wave struck. Now the first year cadets are required to watch diversity and inclusion videos featuring Black Lives Matter inanity.
The video includes a hypothetical scenario with a mixed-race student named Jose, who is pressured by two of his friends to attend the Black Lives Matter meeting on campus. A third friend, apparently meeting Jose for the first time, introduces himself while expressing surprise that Jose does not look “more south of the border.”
After Jose explains that he is a mix of Mexican and Nigerian, the third friend makes a comment critical of Black Lives Matter.
“No offense, but it seems like all lives matter would be a better way to bring people together,” the friend says. “Because Blacks aren’t the only lives that matter. It just seems like you’re dad’s family matters less than your mom’s.”
The video pauses and the student is then given three options to choose how to respond to the comment, with all three options expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement. All three options lead to the actors discussing how the friend’s comments were “problematic” and “insensitive.”
The reason: Everyone does it.
Air Force Academy spokesman Dean Miller told the Washington Examiner. “This is the first year this training has been used, and it is used at universities across the country.”
Sadly, Critical Race Theory (the toxic companion to BLM) was also referenced during an important milestone in the life of the cadets, Acceptance Day. During the ceremony, the cadets transition from basic cadet training to formal acceptance into the Cadet Wing.
Subsequently, the ceremony is a very big deal to cadets and their families, which makes the following description from a relative who attended this year’s event very disturbing.
Critical race theory was referenced during the academy’s Acceptance Day Parade, which occurred earlier this month, according to one veteran who was in attendance to celebrate a relative who was honored as a newly accepted cadet, and he said he has “never been sicker in my life.”
“I was disgusted by the fact there was a message of divisiveness vice a message of unity. I believe American citizens join the military because they love this nation,” the veteran, who requested anonymity to protect his relative from retribution, added.
“I’ve never met anyone who said they joined just to see what was going on. This same love of nation, patriotism, is what brings men and women of all backgrounds, all races, all religions, and all ethnicities together. It is the glue that holds us together. It is also the one thing that will make a person risk his/her life in defense of the greatest nation in the world.”
It is apparent that many parents are upset about this development. Comments have been turned off in the Academy’s FaceBook groups for posts regarding these reports. However, other social media comments reflect the concern that military priorities are not as focused on warfare, strategy, armaments, and research as they should be.
Meanwhile, China, Russia, and Iran are preparing their militaries for the sole purposes of fighting and killing Americans.
— Conway West (@IamConway_West) August 20, 2021
"So we have straight-up Marxism being taught at taxpayer expense to the men and women who will soon be serving as officers in the United States Air Force."https://t.co/xBfmhen7CD
— Danny Spears (@danlspears) August 20, 2021
Our military continues to pursue woke indoctrination. Instead of prioritizing warfighting/focusing on strategic threats, these woke leaders at DOD push Marxist critical race theory. We’re watching the terrible consequences of this unfold. It cant continue.https://t.co/4Dx6Ea6vYl
— Rep. Doug Lamborn (@RepDLamborn) August 20, 2021
To end this post, I would like to recognize the heroic U.S. Airmen who ignored red tape restrictions to save hundreds of Afghans from Kabul on a C-17 on Sunday rescued 823 people – 183 people more than previously thought.
At first it had been reported that the crew took 640 Afghans out of Kabul but the true number was 823. The first count didn’t include the 183 kids on board.
The flight breaks the record for the number of people to have ever been flown on a C-17 jet and disgraces the other C-17 jets that have left Kabul with only 100-200 people on board this week, while thousands wait at the airport gates desperate to be saved, but who can’t get on planes without visas or foreign passports.
On Friday, Lt. Colonel Eric Kut, who made the decision to leave the airport with as many Afghans on board, said he was more interested in saving lives than checking paperwork and abiding by red tape rules.
‘First and foremost, a lot of people talk about rules and capacity. We were trained to handle that to max perform that aircraft.
‘When you have women and children and people’s lives at stake, it’s not about capacity or rules or regulations. It’s about the training to make sure we could handle we could that many people out.
‘We were there to do what we were trained to do. We were there to deliver hope and freedom,’ he told CNN’s New Day on Friday from Joint Base Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey.
I would argue, based on this, that the USAF has plenty of diversity and inclusion without the need to add racialist and communist doctrine to the mix.