Column: Does the Air Force Encourage Division?
In a column published by the Air Force Times, US Air Force SSgt Preston Haskell called the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen David Goldfein, “wrong.”
Kind of a bold move, but he has an interesting point of view, including this tidbit on whether the Air Force values diversity over unity:
A truly pervasive cultural phenomenon is plaguing our military, and that is one of political correctness. For example, one of my most cherished feelings I have about our military is how integrated and multifaceted we all are. I absolutely love that I work with people from almost every background, race and religion our nation has to offer. So why would the Air Force encourage division?
You are allowed to be proud, and even proclaim that pride, in being black, Latino, homosexual, atheist or transgender, yet I cannot proclaim my pride in being a white, heterosexual, male Christian without serious reprimand.
This division is encouraged and supported by the Air Force. The vast majority of the people I work with feel the same frustration that I do, regardless of their heritage or background. Political correctness is void of humanity; people lose their value as human beings as they digress into divisible statistics.
Even if his perspective isn’t factually correct, the fact he believes it says something significant about the culture in the Air Force.
If Airmen feel as though pride in certain skin colors, genders, sexual behaviors, and religious beliefs is permitted — even encouraged — but pride in other skin colors, genders, sexual behaviors, and religious beliefs isn’t, has the Air Force created a “diverse” force — or a divided force?