The Air Force says it’s trying to dig into systemic issues that have resulted in widespread and consistent racial disparities that have hurt female airmen or Space Force Guardians and service members from racial minorities.
But in an online Facebook town hall Thursday for the services’ leaders to discuss racial issues, it was clear that even convincing some service members and leaders that there is a problem remains a challenge.
“We do need to wake up,” Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne Bass said when asked what service members should do if they have a leader who dismisses such discussions as “woke culture.” Those leaders, she added, should “read the over 17,000 [anonymous] comments from over 100,000 airmen and Guardians that have said there are some challenges” with racial disparities.
The panel’s moderator began by noting that the comment section below the Facebook Live event contained multiple comments — at least dozens, if not hundreds — from people who felt racial, gender or ethnic disparities in the Air Force and Space Force did not exist, and that the discussion itself was divisive. Read more…