Soldiers forced to sit through “white privilege” training

Sgt. 1st Class Nina Clark, 10th Army Air & Missile Defense Command, and Sgt. 1st Class Raluchi Ikegwuonu, Army Regional Command Europe, demonstrate the Equal Opportunity (EO) activity to be performed during EO training at 30th Medical Brigade at the Sembach Community Activities Center, Sembach, Germany, on Jan. 8, 2016. The EO program formulates, directs, and sustains a comprehensive effort to maximize human potential and to ensure fair treatment for all persons based solely on merit, fitness, and capability in support of readiness (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jeku Arce, 30th Medical Brigade Public Affairs/Released).

US Army troops were forced to sit through a lecture on “white privilege” last year, according to documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

Acquired by the government watchdog group Judicial Watch, the PowerPoint presentation -entitled “Power and Privilege”- was included in a diversity training session that was presented to over 400 soldiers of Fort Gordon’s 67th Signal Battalion back in April of last year.

In the presentation, soldiers were informed that “privilege exists when one group has something of value that is denied to others simply because of the groups they belong to, rather than because of anything they’ve done or failed to do. Privilege has become one of those loaded words we need to reclaim so that we can use it to name and illuminate the truth.”

The presentation went on to state that “race privilege gives whites little reason to pay a lot of attention to African Americans or to how white privilege affects them. To be white in America means not having to think about it.”

Army spokesperson Captain Lindsay Roman told USA Today that the block of instruction was not authorized by the US Army.

“The unit (Equal Opportunity) instructor deviated from the authorized topic and content which was provided,” Roman said. “To prevent further instances, all unit instructors will receive additional training on the importance of following Army EO training requirements.”

Roman stressed that the Army is committed to equal opportunity for all soldiers.

“We are all members of one team”, she said.

The whole presentation can be viewed here.

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