Posted on Apr 6, 2015
COL Charles Williams
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What are your thoughts on this topic, this training, this manual?

I, personally, believe we have come a long way in the America and in our Army, but I also know (A) we are not there yet, and (B) I know that I see the world through my eyes and life experiences.

1. As you know (or may not know) the concept of "white privilege" appeared in the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) training manual in 2013. DOD officials quickly said it was a mistake, and it that this was not caught in the fielding of the policy manual... That makes sense, as many don't actually read things they approve. That led me/us to believe there was a change in the works.

2. Now, it appears this concept, which was supposed to be removed the DOD training manual/POI, was not, and DEOMI is still pushing this message. Now, it appears we have an EO Officer or NCO teaching this to Soldiers...

Interesting to say the least.

These are some related articles.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/04/03/army-diversity-training/25250733/

http://toprightnews.com/army-soldiers-forced-to-sit-through-white-privilege-presentation-and-the-backlash-is-just-beginning/
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/10/31/pentagon-training-manual-white-males-have-unfair-advantages/
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SGT(P) Khalid Wise
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O-M-G, what the frack?!? I have too many rebel flag bearing brothers who had my six without reservation or hesitation operating in Afghanistan in 2003-2004... That only happens in our greatest military, JMHO.
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COL Charles Williams
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Very good comment! Thanks SGT(P) Khalid Wise
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Sgt Cody Dumont
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Semper FI
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Very on-point ! We are not all exactly alike, but when the shtf, I know I can count on my brothers and sisters in the military!
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SGM Brigade Operations (S3) Sergeant Major
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Absolutely ridiculous!!! I am not naïve and fully understand that there is racism, sexism, and every other ism in the Army. Again, we are a cross section of the population we serve, there will never be a perfect equal opportunity program because you cannot change someone's beliefs in a short amount of time, if ever.

Garbage like this only propels racism. I have never felt privileged over any other race since I have been in the Army. In the Infantry everybody is treated like crap so we got that going for us.

I think we will be seeing a major overhaul soon in the Army's Equal Opportunity Program. They replaced POSH with SHARP because POSH was ineffective, I see that same thing happening with EO.
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SGM Brigade Operations (S3) Sergeant Major
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Just stay off my grass and keep those sideburns to standard!
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CSM Command Sergeant Major
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Maybe this will help you understand what white privilege means. http://youtu.be/2KlmvmuxzYE
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SFC Antiterrorism Officer
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This "white Privilege" discounts everything that I've accomplished in my life. Obviously my hard work had nothing to do with my wins in life since it obviously was just given to me.
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That video assumes all white people are wealthy or even middle class. Is that a true assumption that all whites have such wealth ...or simply a perception?
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SMSgt Minister Gerald A. "Doc" Thomas
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COL Charles Williams I hate to say it but it was very evident in the AF when it came to promotions and punishment at least in the two fields I worked in. I never allowed it to bother me because what most thought was important, wasn't that important to me. I really dislike these kind of posts because they're just too charged up and this doesn't define who I am; Christ does!
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2LT Scott Armstrong
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I can say that my time in the military was the most authentically merit-based environment in which I have ever worked.
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COL Charles Williams
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The content of your character is what matters... nothing else.
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SMSgt Minister Gerald A. "Doc" Thomas
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2LT Scott Armstrong

How long were you in? I spent almost 27 years active duty.
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SMSgt Minister Gerald A. "Doc" Thomas I agree with you. My friend Willie and a couple of others were called the N word. We hung out together and when we heard these words, someone went to the Commander of the Field Maintenance Squadron on our base. That Major essentially told us not to bring it up or else thereby covering up a horrific evil. So to that woman, pray for forgiveness for those you hurt with malicious intent. Those guys were awesome and your bigotry was covered up by bigots using white privilege all the way up to the Unit Commander. The day I left that unit to go into weather felt like a weight had been lifted. I cannot imagine being black.

A friend of mine who was black told me that he wrestled in high school and half his win were forfeits due to white wrestlers who would not condescend to wrestle a black guy. He was 38-0 and a good wrestler anyhow but this does matter.
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