Air Force Bans White, Hispanic, Asian Airmen from 33-Person Mission
At Robins AFB, Georgia, the US Air Force recently celebrated the progress of a merit-based military by selecting a 33-person flight crew based solely on the color of their skin [emphasis added]:
“We have finally been able to come together and fulfill an entire African American aircrew,” [Capt. Dewey McRae] said. “Taking that a step forward, we not only had enough people for the actual mission crew but were able to fill additional seats with instructors and evaluators, taking a full jet of African Americans to represent the combat Air Force.”
In their own words, they worked for “years” to create a mission that prohibited Airmen who weren’t African-American from being onboard — even to the point of filling non-essential seats.
The practice of fielding a crew made up only of those who identify as African-American has become a veritable tradition in the military. What was once considered an anathema to the American spirit – a race-based preference system – is now not only accepted, but also expected. While previous exploits generated at least some negative publicity, this year’s displays saw only a few people express dismay that segregation had returned to the Air Force and the Air Force was sowing division, rather than unity.
It seems, though, that such social “justice” of racial preference — though only when that race is officially preferred — is now not only expected in the military, but also supported by law. Recent news reports highlighted that the recently passed $1.9T COVID “relief” bill provided aid for farmers – but only farmers who identified as African-American. Apparently the productivity of a plant is dependent on the color of the farmer’s skin.
In some ways, such “celebrations” of race-based government actions seem harmless enough. After all, who cares what a JSTARS crew looks like? Well, apparently, the US government does – and that should be concerning.
If today the US government can choose to prohibit non-black farmers from receiving aid or non-black US Airmen from flying a mission – only because of their “race” – and that action is met with a collective shrug, what will become acceptable in the future?
Will the government be able to give or restrict aid or military missions based on political ideology? How about preferred sexual activities? (Can we anticipate another GayWACS?) Religion? If you doubt that, you must have missed the military’s new definitions for “diversity,” as well as the push for the US military to combat “extremism” in its ranks – where extremism, according to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, seems to be conflated with social justice prerogatives [emphasis added]:
“We will not tolerate actions that go against the fundamental principles of the oath we share, including actions associated with extremist or dissident ideologies,” Austin said. “Service members, (Department of Defense) civilian employees, and all those who support our mission, deserve an environment free of discrimination, hate, and harassment.”
Of course, when the US Navy officially recommends its Sailors read “How to be an Antiracist,” “The New Jim Crow” and “Sexual Minorities and Politics,” you can start to get an idea of what the US military probably thinks “extremism” is.
Update: As some have pointed out, Travis AFB did the same thing with an “all Black” KC-10 flight.