Over the past 15 years the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) has been controlled by activist superintendents that have led the institution into the realm of critical race theory (CRT) and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
In 2013 the first of these lieutenant generals, Michael Gould, established a pervasive DEI program that extended into every facet of cadet life. With great fanfare but without evidence, he extolled DEI as a military necessity and as important as academics. Supporters cited evidence from the financial services and management consulting sectors that found DEI to be beneficial, but the argument had no applicability to the military environment and did not justify the sudden transformation. Comprehensive studies from Harvard and Tel Aviv Universities of 800 companies spanning 30 years contradict this view and demonstrate that DEI programs frequently do change attitudes and often aggravate racial biases and hostilities.
A succeeding Superintendent, Jay Silveria, awkwardly handled a purported hate crime at the Air Force Academy Prep School. In a rush to judgment, he announced that anonymous racial slurs directed at a minority cadet proved that blatant racism was ubiquitous at USAFA. A cursory investigation concluded that the perpetrator and the victim were one in the same, but the superintendent ordered a full investigation to affirm his unwarranted suspicions that the academy was rife with systemic racism. His supposition proved false, but it took a lawsuit by Judicial Watch to force the academy to release the findings that categorically repudiated the general’s premise...
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