"There are things like white privilege walks- take two steps forward if you're white, but a step back if you're black. Tell me how that's inclusive."
Congressman Dan Crenshaw (TX-2) took to FOX news this week to address the newly resumed diversity training in the U.S.U.S. military, previously banned by Donald Trump. During a panel discussion, he stated the following,
"(The U.S.U.S. military) is truly a place where your skin color, your gender, your background, can be set aside and meritocracy takes hold, and you move up based on your own skill sets, based on your own judgment, based on your own leadership qualities. We see that time and time again proven in a place like the military. What is inclusive about the military- the fact that we all have the same standards. The fact that we wear the same uniforms. The fact that we sing the same songs, so there's a cultural identity that takes place in the military, which is actually really hard to emulate anywhere else. That's what we should be talking about when we say that the military is inclusive."
Congressman Crenshaw explained the implications of the reintroduction of this policy, which is largely the result of other, more minor changes occurring throughout the U.S. military over the last decade.
"Here's what they often say. "We're gonna do diversity and inclusion training." Who could possibly be against that? They're playing footsie with critical race theory when they do that. It's not inclusive to be telling people about their whiteness and to be explaining to white people how they have privilege."
Congressman Crenshaw said that examples of critical-race practices were submitted on the whistleblower page on his website. Submissions were then reviewed by him and Senator Cotton (AR-4). Senator Cotton has been pressing the defense secretary on his "anti-American indoctrination" within the U.S.U.S. military after reportedly receiving hundreds of whistleblower complaints.
"There's things like white privilege walks- take two steps forward if you're white, but a step back if you're black. Tell me how that's inclusive? Tell me how that doesn't create divisions within our military? It really is problematic. Look, the Secretary of Defense got to the right answers eventually. But to say that it's complicated when they're not… I'm sorry, no. It's not complicated. The answer is simply no."
Sensitivities from the political left have infiltrated multiple branches of the U.S.U.S. military, deeming the U.S.U.S. military as a joke in the eyes of Russia, China, and other adversaries of the United States. Now evolved from the era of "Don't ask. Don't Tell.", the U.S.U.S. Army has released a cartoon recruitment ad that featured an L.G.B.T.Q. march and a lesbian wedding.
The US. Air Force academy also received backlash online after posting an article about the representation of transgender service members. Their caption under the announcement on Instagram stated,
"Your academy is taking a close look at transgender equality by creating a Transgender Working Group that effectively represents all transgender servicemembers here. The team includes a cadet representative from the Spectrum Club, a transgender Airman, and many others hoping to achieve a smooth rollout of the White House and DoD's new policy."
Among the most common responses stemming from those who disapprove of the new policy is one centered around the already strict standards of the U.S.U.S. military. Notably, even people with mental illnesses such as depression, which disproportionally affects transgender people, are automatically disqualified from service. This, along with other oddly specific restrictions like people with flat feet, noticeable tattoos, and A.D.H.D., all have a high potential to exclude someone from military service.
The newest branch of the U.S.U.S. military, the Space Force, also could not escape from leftist wrath after a commander had been removed for saying that Marxism had infiltrated the U.S.U.S. military.
The United States is not the only western nation to undergo changes due to the easily offended nature of the political left. In the U.K.U.K., soldiers were told to be more inclusive and avoid using gendered words such as "sportsmanship" and "mankind." Earlier this year, the U.S.U.S. army was considering nixing the gender-neutral combat fitness test after women were found to be flunking by large disproportion. Even more divisive- the National File did a report stating that the Biden administration would label pro-Trump military members as extremists after attending or encouraging the acts of January 6th and that they should be removed from ranks.
Despite most of these sentiments about the military coming from the political left, it is Republicans who are the party that continuously seek to maintain a strong national defense. Meanwhile, a common trend among democrats includes more inclusivity within the military but with simultaneous efforts to decrease the amount of money in our National Defense.
Many satirical memes have surfaced about the U.S. military since the Biden administration's new standards have been implemented. U.S.missiles and tanks have been labeled with "B.L.M." and "LGBTQ+" stickers and graffiti along with being painted pink, among other silly gags.
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Bean Dashnea is currently a student of foreign language and political science. She has lived between the U.S. and Europe for nearly 14 years but considers Texas home. After Bean changed her party registration from Democrat to Republican circa 2018, she immediately recognized the public discourse shift. She knew she was caught in the war on culture and information. Bean currently works with local Republican chapters and primarily advocates for smaller government and geopolitical awareness.