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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Reign Supreme at the Air Force Academy

Posted on Friday, November 10, 2023
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By: Scott Sturman, M.D. & Joe Arbuckle, Major General USA (ret)

U.S. Air Force Uniform with DEI written on pocket

There is a public awareness of the detrimental and destructive nature of Critical Race Theory and its stepchild Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).  The philosophies are nihilistic, divisive, and meant to foment hate and separatism. For the past ten years United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) has been immersed in DEI programming.  What are the results?

From 2017-2018 six permanent professors, including a department chairman, resigned from USAFA.  The timing, circumstances, and reasons are unknown, but in a statement published last week all of the professors pointed to sweeping cultural changes at USAFA.  In the open letter they detail the actions of the Dean of Academics, who was disdainful of the Honor Code and averse to academic excellence. The dean developed academic courses of low expectations to adapt to the scholastic aptitude of intercollegiate athletes. An atmosphere of intimidation silenced full professors, as the dean transferred power and influence to civilian faculty members.  The degradation of the academic experience is so complete that the professors wonder if recovery is possible.

As academics falter, DEI is ascendant.  The placement of political officers within the ranks of the armed forces is ubiquitous in totalitarian cultures, where anonymous accusations, psychological pressure, and propaganda are employed to exact complete compliance.  The potential for abuse of power and intimidation cannot be overstated.  Diversity and Inclusion Representatives have been installed in all cadet squadrons, and they report parallel and outside the military chain of command to the academy’s DEI Chief, Dr. Joseph Looney.  Looney, a psychologist and counselor by training, earned his Diversity and Inclusion certificate from Cornell University, an institution that has been criticized for its “outstanding perversion of academic values.”

The case of White Boy #2 illustrates the infringement of one’s human rights when academics and DEI collide. Casandra Benson, a Cornell University graduate, teaches economics at USAFA.  In a lecture given in January 2023, Professor Benson addressed minority cadets by their proper names but declined to do so when calling on white male cadets.  She glibly announced that since all white people look alike, she would refer to them by number.  One young man was christened White Boy #2, much to the mortification of the cadets in the class. But Professor Benson continued directing verbal assaults at her victim, whose only crime was to be the recipient of his parents’ genes.  Professor Benson’s actions were reported, but the academy declined to comment on her employment status.  Given Professor Benson’s antics and Dr. Looney’s immense power, the link between Cornell University and USAFA is alarming. 

In June 2023 Brig. General Gavin Marks was appointed USAFA Commandant of Cadets and vowed to change the culture at USAFA.  He has failed to define what is wrong with the culture, how he intends to change it, or the objective in doing so. He has stated that nothing erodes trust and performance faster than disrespecting the dignity of your teammates.  But dignity is an illusory construct—an unquantifiable goal that has no measurable outcome.  How will it be leveraged to further his passionate commitment to DEI, a program that has so far prioritized diversity of identity over diversity of opinion?

General Marks has on occasion in public given the black power salute while in uniform.  His intentions are concerning, difficult to interpret, and elicit strong emotions. In the aftermath of the football team’s coaching staff’s production of a social media video supporting Black Lives Matter and the team’s historical connections to large-scale Honor Code scandals involving cheating on examinations, Marks’ gestures and comments provide further evidence of DEI’s preeminence at USAFA. 

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Lieutenant Beale
Lieutenant Beale
5 months ago

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?
Sheesh, give me a break.
It’s more like Perversion, Enslavement and Incompetence.
This crapola will only continue to degrade our military’s readiness.
BTW, I had to LMAO at Dr. Joseph Looney (the Academy’s DEI chief) who earned his DEI certificate from Cornell.
His name is quite appropriate, he is certainly LOONEY.

PaulE
PaulE
5 months ago

DEI is nothing more than the left’s latest version of attempting to corrupt and undermine the operational integrity of both the military and the business community at large. In short, it weakens our nation on many levels.

DEI, which is hiring and promoting based on completely unimportant and subjective traits that have nothing to do with the ability to do the job, as opposed to meritocracy which ensures effective performance is both noticed and rewarded, is the best way to undermine the operational readiness of our armed forced and turn well run businesses into the future bankruptcies of tomorrow.

American Farmer
American Farmer
5 months ago

This smells of CCP corruption. It’s getting ridiculous and if it’s not stopped it will be the end of our Republic. It’s no joke, they are hell bent on destroying The USA!

Rik
Rik
5 months ago

As I’ve stated here before, I have personally been discriminated against Racially because I was “white” back in 1974 when applying for a Yellow Page sales position after taking a written test and then told that I had graded the highest getting a 96 and already having 4 years experience in advertising sales being the best qualified candidate but because of Affirmative Action they were forced to hire ANY minority who got a 70 on the written test. Not only was this unfair to me personally, it forced the business to hire an average instead of above average qualified candidate! And from what I’ve read in this article, some things haven’t changed. Can you imagine Sports teams NOT being able to sign the “best” talented player? I wasn’t bitter then when it happened because of racial discrimination but I am now after feeling discriminated against and losing out on having a more financially prosperous life!

Joseph Meyer
Joseph Meyer
5 months ago

Victor Davis Hanson expands on this article in today’s podcast.

Donna
Donna
5 months ago

There seems to be a vindictive attitude in those who promote this DEI ideology. I don’t know what they may have suffered through in their past, but you’d think if it was so traumatic for them, they wouldn’t want to inflict that same hurt upon another. It seems they have chosen to get even instead. What a loss of opportunity for doing good instead of doing evil. They have learned nothing from their own experience and now are hell bent on inflicting as much pain and shame on others, they deem responsible. Only God can change their hearts

Mike
Mike
5 months ago

What immediately could my eye was the mention of political officers outside and parallel to the command structure. “We are hearing disturbing report of your activities, Comrade!”

David Millikan
David Millikan
5 months ago

Our Air Force is now the Pink Tu-Tu Air Force. Disgusting and disgraceful. An insult to all that have served under Dictator Beijing biden.
Our Air Force hasn’t been the U.S. Air Force since President Trump.
Today our Air Force has Pink planes with pilots wearing Pink maternal flight suits and uniforms.

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