Esper issues diversity memo, wants review of hairstyle policies for signs of racial bias

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has given the Department of Defense a month to determine how they will implement policies to combat perceived issues of racism and discrimination in the military.

The memorandum, released today, issued several directives, ranging from reviews of hairstyle policies to removing photographs as part of the promotion process.

According to the Washington Times, the DoD will also need to update Equal Opportunity policies, which have been a hot-button issue in the military well before racial tensions spiked earlier this year.

The new policy follows the lengthy protests, riots, looting, murders, arson and cultural whiplash that followed the killing of George Floyd, who died under the care of a white Minneapolis police officer.

Esper hopes the ideas proposed will keep the military moving forward.

“The actions I am directing are a necessary first step but hard work remains and we will continue to learn as we move forward,” he wrote.

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