The U.S. Air Force released a survey on the issue of air force racism on the 21st, revealing that there are significant differences in treatment, promotion, punishment and other aspects between African-Americans and white soldiers.
From grassroots soldiers to senior generals, African-Americans are generally discriminated against.
The 150-page investigation, released by the Air Force Inspector General’s Office, identified the Air Force as “ethnic differences”. 50% of African-American soldiers said they had been discriminated against because of their color; one third of African-American soldiers said they did not get the same promotion opportunities as white people; and 60% believed that if investigated, they would be more difficult to obtain the presumption of innocence than their white colleagues.
The report shows that soldiers of African descent are 57% more likely to go to court martial than whites; and 72% more likely to be subjected to extrajudicial punishment after investigation.
Not only ordinary soldiers of African descent, but also 45% of African-American generals, including four-star generals, said that they had suffered racial discrimination. In contrast, 94% of white generals said they did not have such experience.
The survey also shows that 40% of African-American soldiers do not believe that the top of the air force will address racial discrimination and inequality.
The violent law enforcement death of George Freud, an African-American man, in June caused another wave of anti-racism in the United States, and the U.S. Air Force began the investigation in the same month.
David Goldfein, the former Chief of Staff of the Air Force, said shortly after the Freud incident: “What happened on the streets of the United States also exists in the Air Force. It is sometimes obvious and sometimes not easy to detect. We are not immune to racial prejudice, systemic racial discrimination and unconscious prejudice.”