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According to the BBC, Memorial Day this year is not about the soldiers, very largely white males, who died in America’s wars, it’s about America’s black soldiers, and more than that, it’s about America’s black female soldiers, and more that, it’s about black female soldiers with discipline problems.

It starts with black female Air Force veteran Janice Jamison talking about how her black women’s veteran’s organization hosted failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, and she had an argument with

…five white men who began protesting that Abrams didn’t understand veterans.

Jamison, who works for the organisation whose members are predominantly African American, tried to reason with the men but found herself being harangued by one man on the subject of veterans’ needs.

“I said to him, ‘Well, sir, for you to tell me what I need as a veteran, have you ever been in uniform?”

The man—who she later discovered to be a white nationalist—admitted he had not, and appeared visibly embarrassed, she tells the BBC.

Memorial Day: America’s strained salute to its black veterans, by James Jeffrey, BBC, May 24, 2019

The BBC’s Jeffrey [Email him | Tweet him] goes on to a lot of “black history” stuff about that small minority of America’s soldiery who have been black and says that America isn’t doing right by its black soldiers:

Protect Our Defenders, an advocacy group, released a 2017 report highlighting how black service members were treated more harshly by the military’s judicial system.

Black soldiers were 61% more likely than white soldiers to face court martial, the military judicial proceeding for more serious offenses. That percentage was 40% for black sailors and 32% for black Marines.

Black airmen were 71% more likely than whites in the Air Force to face court martial or non-judicial punishment, discipline meted out for less serious offenses.

“I seem to be getting inundated with black female officers who are being disciplined for dumb stuff,” says Coretta Gray, who spent 13 years as an officer in the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps, the military’s branch for military justice and military law, and continues to consult on cases.

“Often those sorts of issues are sorted out at unit level before it has to go anywhere, and I’d contend that usually whites get the benefit of that more than blacks,” Gray says.

“It may well be unconscious bias, as opposed to anything institutional, as you tend to help those within your social group and who you are more familiar with.”

But she also suspects that the current mood in America has something to do with why she is seeing an increase in these types of disciplinary cases.

“People are feeling more emboldened to act out their biases,” Gray says. “It’s an inflection moment – there’s this atmosphere emboldening people to show who’s in charge and how they are going to handle things.”

I need to remind everyone—it may just be transatlantic ignorance on the BBC’s part—that all of this is inappropriate on Memorial Day.

It’s Veterans Day, November 11, that is set up to commemorate surviving veterans, and to remind Americans of the debt they owe to those guys. Memorial Day is in honor of those who never made it back.

As for the idea that America is not doing right by its black soldiery, you need to know that the Army has had massive Affirmative Action programs for years, culminating in the appointment of Colin Powell as the first Affirmative Action Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff.

The disproportionate discipline problems mentioned in this Protect Our Defenders report [PDF] are actually lower than the figures for civilian crime. As Steve Sailer pointed out years ago in Race Relations: The Myth Of The Military Model, the Armed Forces of the United States have fewer problems with race relations than the rest of society because people with low IQs are simply not allowed in the military. I expanded on this in The Fulford File | Education Theorist Ted Sizer And The Myth Of The “Military Model”.

That doesn’t solve all the IQ gap problems, however. As artillery officer “Duncan Hengest” wrote in Diversity in the Army [American Renaissance, January 2008]:

Probably the greatest problem with blacks in the Army today is lack of ability, despite armed services qualification tests that wash out a considerably greater proportion of black applicants than white.

And of course, that’s black male soldiers, who might actually be some use in combat. I don’t know what Air Force veteran Janice Jamison was doing in Air Force, but I doubt if it added much to America’s fighting power.

Coretta Gray, above, as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps is actually subtracting from the Air Force’s fighting power, as military lawyers always do. [How Anti-Soldier Lawyers Banned a Kind of Ambush, by Kevin O’Brien, August 25, 2016]To the extent that the JAG is doing something useful, and keeping order in the service, punishing miscreants and so on, Ms. Gray seems to have been unwilling to do her job when the miscreants were disproportionately black.

What Ms. Gray and the BBC’s Jeffrey don’t seem to grasp is that the Armed Forces are not supposed to be about black female empowerment.

Another group that fails to grasp this: the US Army’s commanders.

When it was announced recently that “West Point is about to graduate its largest class of black women”[CNN, May 15, 2019] Steve Sailer blogged about it under the heading Look on Our Women of Color Army Officers, ye Mighty, and Despair!, saying

Oh, wow, not just record numbers of black women, but also of Hispanic women too.

The Russians, Chinese, and Iranians must be quaking in their boots.

Well, no. As the Duke Of Wellington is alleged to have said about some troops sent to him “I don’t know what effect these men will have on the enemy, but by God, they terrify me.”

I assume (it’s a four-year course) that some of the women in this photograph (above) were also in the photograph below, which caused some scandal two years ago, since it involved cadets in uniform making a political statement with fists raised in support of Black Lives Matter, then engaging in nationwide “demonstration”, aka riots. [Racism Within West Point, InTheArenaFitness.com, May 5, 2016]

John Derbyshire commented

A photograph buzzing around the internet this week shows sixteen black and mulatto female West Point cadets, in uniform, posing with their fists raised in an apparent tribute to the Black Lives Matter Soros-funded anarchist group.

Where there should be comradeship and institutional loyalty, these troublemakers have introduced rancor, division, and victimological whining. That’s not to mention being in clear violation of Department of Defense directives and every traditional conception of military dignity and honor.

In a country that had not lost its collective mind on the subject of race fifty years ago, these malefactors would be shamed before their comrades, then sent to the brig for five years each, then dishonorably discharged. In the country we actually live in, where blacks are the pampered pets of a fawning elite class, they will probably be decorated for valor.

They’re NOT Hanging Daneesha Deever In The Morning (And Other Aspects Of Negro Fatigue), by May 7, 2016

And of course these ladies weren’t punished. West Point weaseled out by saying that “that based upon available evidence none of the participants, through their actions, intended to show support for a political movement”. [West Point Photo Inquiry Clears Cadets, May 10, 2016]

Finally, in 2013, I did a blog post called Single Moms In The Army, based on the case of single mother Alexis Hutchinson, below with her son, who was an Army cook, supposed to be available for deployment overseas:

On Thursday, the military decided not to court-martial a single mother who skipped deployment to Afghanistan to avoid placing her child in foster care. Alexis Hutchinson, formerly an Army cook, received an other-than-honorable discharge. Her rank has been reduced to private and she will most likely lose her benefits.

The 21-year-old Oakland native arranged to leave her 10-month-old son with her mother when she learned she was deploying to Afghanistan. After caring for the boy, Hutchinson’s mother decided the arrangement was not sustainable. Hutchinson claims she could not find an alternative caregiver and that the military told her she should put her son in foster care. Army officials, however, claim she had no intention of deploying in the first place.

How Well Does the Military Treat Single Mothers? by Nicole Allan, Atlantic Wire, February 12, 2010

“Skipped deployment” is one way of putting it—the New York Times called it “what might seem natural to a parent but to the Army was a serious offense”. [Single Mother Is Spared Court-Martial, by James Dao, February 11, 2010] Readers with military experience will remember it as “AWOL, Missing Movement “—she didn’t get on the plane, so her unit flew to Afghanistan without her.

For an actual soldier, this is a very serious offence. It’s true that Hutchinson’s unit was probably better off without her, but that was not her decision to make.

If there were an actual war on, the question would not be “How Well Does the Military Treat Single Mothers?” but “Are Single Mothers Any Damned Use To The Military?”

On Memorial Day, it’s time to remember that the beaches of Normandy and Iwo Jima were not stormed by resentful black females in uniform, but by the same white males who continue to make up the majority of America’s actual fighters—and, despite the multicultural modern Army, the majority of deaths in modern combat.

 

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  1. HJay says:

    1. James Fullford has been agitated by race issues just as CNN intended.
    2. CNN is fake news.

    As one who served, I find the following article much more appropriate:

    Memorial Day! Mourn US Soldiers Killed in Criminally Dishonorable Wars in Other Peoples’ Countries!

    https://www.greanvillepost.com/2019/05/26/memorial-day-mourn-us-soldiers-killed-in-criminally-dishonorable-wars-in-other-peoples-countries/

    Isn’t it time we all stepped down from our patriotic high horses.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  2. anon[382] • Disclaimer says:

    It wasn’t whitey who fought at IHOP and McDonalds and on the beaches of Walmart. It was the mighty fighting Sheboons!

  3. Ruby says:

    Commenting from the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts. The former General and head of the Massachusetts National Guard and former head of the Transit Police was allowed to resign and receive a full pension after an investigation revealed he had brutally raped and beaten a white female soldier. Joseph Carter the former head of the International Chiefs of police now is employed as a consultant obtaining government grants for his minority owned defense firm.

  4. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @HJay

    Thank you, for noting both the racebait and the fact that Washington’s warfare is waged elsewhere.

    It’s no mere coincidence that Veterans Day is Uncle Sam’s mutation of Armistice Day, still observed in Europe in remembrance of all victims of war, not an exaltation of the soldiers.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    , @HJay
  5. KenH says:

    “that based upon available evidence none of the participants, through their actions, intended to show support for a political movement”

    Yeah right, but we all know what would happen if a bunch of white male cadets were photographed giving Roman salutes. Most would have been unceremoniously booted out of West Point.

    Black skin privilege is real. White skin privilege is a myth.

    • Agree: Mr McKenna
    • Replies: @Glock45
  6. Hibernian says:
    @anonymous

    We very much need effective armed forces, especially the Navy, to defend our own soil. Of course the International Stalinists, and their allies among those who’ve gone so far right they meet up with the far left, won’t acknowledge this.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  7. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @Hibernian

    What and whom are you trying to rebut?

  8. Anonymous[356] • Disclaimer says:

    Memorial Day is about troops who laid down their lives at young ages for the US Constitution. It’s not about women asserting Black privilege or women asserting womb privilege. Take Kirsten Gillenbrand’s “Family Bill of Rights” that would not even include two of our country’s Founders—Madison and Washington—unless George could count Martha’s kids as his own. Her Family Bill of Rights would include womb-productive illegal aliens, but not one of the real Bill of Right’s drafters.

    Mommas like Gillenbrand are a lot like Black people, constantly demanding more rights for their own group, even though mommas and minorites already have far more rights, privileges and legal protections than other Americans in workplaces.

    Mommas are simply above firing, regardless of the number of days (and parts of days) they take off in excess of their PTO and pregnancy leave. Other absentee mommas (and many dads, too) will not fire them, displaying unprofessionalism at best and back-watching cronyism at worst. It makes it hard to vote for people who put their group’s privileges above everything—above even the Bill of Rights. It’s the opposite of what soldiers do: sacrificing everything not just for their tribal group, but for their nation’s ideals.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  9. Anonymous [AKA "H. E."] says:

    James Fulford wrote,

    “It’s Veterans Day, November 11, that is set up to commemorate surviving veterans, and to remind Americans of the debt they owe to those guys. Memorial Day is in honor of those who never made it back.”

    WRONG!

    November 11, originally Armistice Day (Remembrance Day in England) commerates the end of WWI, and mourns all the soldiers who died in that war. Red poppies were worn to recognize Flanders where so many on both sides were slaughtered. Red poppies sprouted in the fields after the battles. For many years bells tolled at 11 am on 11/11 and people stopped for 2 minutes to mourn the dead and commit to world peace. The official federal holiday was established in 1938 and, “…dedicated to the cause of world peace.”

    It was changed to Veterans Day by Eisenhower in 1954. It is right to acknowledge veterans, but if we keep our focus on those who die in wars we might begin to see the folly of it and start to find ways to stop our ourselves from starting endless wars.

  10. Air Force veteran Janice Jamison talking about how her black women’s veteran’s organization hosted failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, and she had an argument with

    …five white men who began protesting that Abrams didn’t understand veterans.

    Jamison, who works for the organisation whose members are predominantly African American, tried to reason with the men but found herself being harangued…

    The man—who she later discovered to be a white nationalist—admitted he had not, and appeared visibly embarrassed, she tells the BBC.

    None of this actually happened. She made it up. And of course the BBC lapped it up. Give her a little time and she’ll embellish the story with MAGA hats, a white pickup truck, a noose and of course the Rebel Flag.

    • Replies: @Noman
  11. Anon[122] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    But blame the mostly idiotic and craven white male idiot commanders who take orders from UMS(Urban Moving Systems, or Jewish Globalist Power) to wage Wars for Israel.

  12. Actually, Memorial Day is about honoring murderers for having done to them what they did to others.

    • Replies: @Oleaginous Outrager
  13. Noman says:

    Memorial Day is to honor the dead. All that is left is the memory.
    Veterans’ Day is to honor the living.

    It’s simple, but even a POTUS, the CINC, cannot make the distinction. Going to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and laying a wreath on Veterans’ Day. Preferred over visiting a VA hospital?

  14. Noman says:
    @Mr McKenna

    Jussie Smollett, a (((Hollywood))) insider, came up with better story.

    Did they also lock her in a closet and urinate on her?

    Just another angry black woman, and probably short as well.

  15. Anonymous [AKA "slseem4873"] says:

    You should not insult all that served with this bullshit. I served in the Marine Corps from 68-74 and I find it pretty screwed up that you and many like you feel that Memorial Day is for white males only. Next time there is a war, enlist white males only and give everyone else a pass.

  16. Glock45 says:
    @KenH

    Yeah right, but we all know what would happen if a bunch of white male cadets were photographed giving Roman salutes. Most would have been unceremoniously booted out of West Point.

    And that would be just the start. After being booted, they’d all be doxxed by “journalists” who would see to it that these cadets lives’ become completely ruined. And, give it another election cycle or two…they’d also be looking at jail time for “hate crimes”, which, make no mistake, are coming down on any American white male who dares to commit any “Narrative violation.”

  17. This article was very poorly conceived and written. I am disappointed that The Unz Review published it. I didn’t try to publish my full rebuttal here. It’s long; perhaps I was mistaken to even bother trying to explain the conclusion just stated. If interested, it’s published on my blog.

  18. HJay says:
    @anonymous

    Your courteous reply is helpful and full of wisdom.

    Thank you for taking the time.

  19. anon19 says:

    I do not disagree with this article but taking a different view: how many of America’s fallen really had to die? Were not so many of America’s wars, wars of choice? America chose to attack Iraq. America chose to intervene in Vietnam. America declared war on Germany in 1917. America started the war with Spain in 1898. Virtually all of the wars America has fought could have been fairly easily avoided.

  20. Anonymous [AKA "James R."] says:

    hAHA..”VICTIMOLOGICAL WHINING”…REALLY?

    Do you want some CHEESE to go with yours?
    How about those 101st at BASTOGNE? Do you SERIOUSL Y believe they held back |Joachim Piper’s CRACK Panzer force…a lightly armed airborne outfit?
    And wasn’t |Bastogne the most intense exchange US forces faced in the WHOLE race to Berlin?
    Would it stand to reason if |I told you that it was an ARTILLERY BATTALION who were the REAL HEROES OF BASTOGNE !?
    Now WHY have you never heard of this before?
    Would it SURPRISE YOU, if the ANSWER to that is….
    BECAUSE IT WAS A “BLACK” ARTILLERY BATTALION!!!
    Don’t quote me, but I believe it was Piper’s force that “stomped flat” 20 soldiers in that same German offensive, |I gather they got medals/memorials and Piper was at ||Nuremberg to answer for their murder.
    The French honour 7 “Black” soldiers…EVERY YEAR, captured then murdered by the same outfit, medals, monument…THE |WHOLE NINE YARDS!
    When their bodies were found, the “Master race” had TORTURED THEM TO DEATH, multiple skull fractures, bayonets through the eyes….!
    Did the US EVEN MENTION THEM?!?!
    “|Good ole UNCLE SAM”!
    “Methinks thou doth protest too much”.

    • LOL: anon19
  21. Anonymous [AKA "Camus"] says:
    @Anonymous

    What these groups want are not merely the equality that they already possess from a legal standpoint, but special considerations that safeguards them from even the slightest critcism and all consequences of being complete and utter f-ckups.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  22. Anonymous [AKA "F-okup"] says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    What you mean F-cups like the “Red Tail” Squadron?
    Perhaps you mean the 333rd (969th) Artillery battalion?
    LOOK THEM UP!
    Your aversion to TRUTH…. is LEGENDARY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. US REDNECKS!

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