Greenfield: Using Military Wokeness to Justify Affirmative Action
The Supreme Court may be on the verge of ending the last vestige of systemic racism.Affirmative action faces its acid test in Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina. At stake is the system of racial discrimination imposed on Asian and white students by Harvard and the University of North Carolina. How could the Biden administration possibly justify racial discrimination in college admissions?
National security. In the Biden era, a woke military brass insists that everything is national security, from critical race theory to abortion, except actually winning wars. Letting colleges racially discriminate against Asian and white students is “vitally important to our nation’s military,” according to Biden’s Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar. “Our armed forces know from hard experience that when we do not have a diverse officer corps that is broadly reflective of a diverse fighting force, our strength and cohesion and military readiness suffer. So it is a critical national security imperative to attain diversity within the officer corps,” she falsely claimed. There is no actual evidence that the military has performed any better under racial and gender quotas. If anything, there’s correlative evidence to the contrary. The last time we won a war, the officer corps was a good deal less diverse. Minority representation in the Air Force officer corps was below 10% in 1991 during the Gulf War. Currently, it’s at 23% and the woke brass want it to be at 32%. The Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., is black. Gina Ortiz-Jones, the Under Secretary, is gay and fillipino. Joanne S. Bass, the Chief Master Sergeant, is part Asian and replaced Kaleth O. Wright, who was black. Gen. Anthony S. Cotton, the head of Global Strike Command, is black. All of these men and women are “firsts” and a number of them are woke racists who have spewed hatred for our military and our country. Ortiz Jones threatened states that restrict child sexual abuse and grooming. In a speech where he “seemed to barely contain his rage“, Brown claimed that“the ideals of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution ‘that I’ve sworn my adult life to support and defend’ have not always delivered ‘liberty and equality’ to all.” How is the military readiness of the Air Force faring under this band of woke diverse agitators? A recent independent review ranked the Air Force as “very weak” warning of “an extraordinarily small amount of time in the cockpit for pilots” and cautioning that its munitions would probably “not support a peer-level fight that lasted more than a few weeks”. The Air Force has dropped its commitment to an 75% to 80% aircraft readiness rate to take ”a more holistic view of readiness.” Instead of having 8 out of 10 planes that can fly, the holistic approach means that we ought to be satisfied with 5 out of 10 FF-22 stealth fighters, 6 out of 10 F-15Es, 7 out of 10 F-35As, and 5 out of 10 CV-22 Ospreys. Instead of being ready to defend this country, the Air Force opened its first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion office. The planes may not fly, but everyone will be lectured about white privilege. The Biden administration told the Supreme Court that racial discrimination against Asian and poor white students had to go on for the sake of this twisted racist idea of “national security”. “It is not possible to achieve that diversity without race-conscious admissions, including at the nation’s service academies,” Solicitor General Prelogar told the Supreme Court. How is that culture of systemic racism working out at the Air Force’s service branch academy? At the Air Force Academy, “some elements from CRT canon are included in the course”. A professor boasted that, “I teach critical race theories to our nation’s future military leaders because it is vital that cadets understand the history of the racism that has shaped both foreign and domestic policy.” The Air Force Academy football team released a video supporting the racist hate group, Black Lives Matter. Its former superintendent accused America of suffering from “systemic racism” and declared, “The Black Lives Matter movement is important and I understand the purpose and the oppression behind the movement.” The McDermott Library already offers copies of Ibram X. Kendi’s “How To Be An Anti-Racist”, along with Ta-Nehisi Coates’ rabidly racist screed, “Between The World And Me”, which demonized the police officers and firefighters who died on 9/11 as “not human to me”. Also available is “Race Course Against White Supremacy”:a book by domestic terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Ayers bombed the Pentagon, and described it in his memoir in these words: “Everything was absolutely ideal. … The sky was blue. The birds were singing. And the bastards were finally going to get what was coming to them.” That racism and domestic terrorism are the Biden administration’s ideas of “national security”. Having wrecked readiness while leading to the worst recruitment rates in a long time, the Biden administration is now trying to use the racist policies that it imposed on our military to justify the continued systemic racism being used to racially discriminate in college admissions. Affirmative action isn’t a national security issue: it’s a national security threat. The Supreme Court has the opportunity to end systemic racism and free a new generation from having their destinies controlled by their race, but it can also stop military wokeness from undermining national security, military readiness and weakening us in front of our enemies. “If we don’t think about this, we’re not going to have anybody who is going to join our service to go fight China or Russia,” Chief of Staff Brown falsely claimed earlier this year. “And you’ve got to look at the demographics of our country, how it’s changing.” Meanwhile, the Air Force’s recruitment service cautioned that, “We have warning lights flashing” with “our ‘qualified and waiting’ list is about half of what it has been historically.” The Air Force struggled to meet its recruiting goals and completely fell short of its traditional +25% bumper. And it only got that far by spending $22 million on bonuses of up to $50,000. In 2020, at the height of the pandemic and just before a new level of wokeness set in, the Air Force exceeded its recruitment goals. In 2022, it couldn’t match those numbers and failed to meet Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard numbers entirely. Diversity isn’t helping recruitment, it’s killing it while aiding our Communist enemies. No one wants to join to fight China or Russia, when they also have to fight their own leadership calling them a bunch of racists and putting affirmative action ahead of merit and ability. Joe Reeder, Bill Clinton’s Army Undersecretary, who is white, claimed that, “If a young black soldier can’t look up in the hierarchy and see, from time to time, a Colin Powell … he’s not gonna fight. I wouldn’t either.” That would have come as news to Medal of Honor recipient Webster Anderson who, after taking two Viet Cong grenades to his legs, “propped himself on the parapet and continued to direct howitzer fire upon the closing enemy and to encourage his men to fight on” and tried to throw back another grenade, which blew up in his hand, but although “only partially conscious and severely wounded” still “refused medical evacuation and continued to encourage his men.” The greatness of the United States military lay in men like Anderson, who was black, and countless others, of all races and creeds, who set aside their differences to defend their country. The military was once a place that transcended race. Now a woke racialized military has become incapable of inspiring, of fighting and of winning. By ending the systemic racism of affirmative action, the Supreme Court can help make our military a great institution again.