With today marking the 50-year anniversary of the March on Washington, racism is still prevalent throughout the world. Nelson Mandela, Thurgood Marshall, Cesar Chavez, Mahatma Gandhi and President Obama are all men of color who have a place in history books. Yes, minorities have come a long way.
In voting in the first African-American President in the U.S says a lot. But the senseless death of Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin says a lot more. Despite all of the accomplishments that minorities are achieving there is still an uphill battle of racism within America to overcome.
Did you know that racism still exists within the military? Throughout the years several stories has been written about racism being experienced amongst the ranks. Racism is everywhere.
It can be disheartening to have to focus not only on fighting the enemy but also trying to avoid getting yourself injured or killed by ‘friendly fire.’ Visualize this, a minority solider is on the front line fighting and a non-minority could be fighting next to them, however, the minority can also be in the line of fire due to their skin color. Another disheartening factor is that racism is showing its face more in high level positions including political parties that can affect a minority Veteran also either directly or indirectly.
The practice of racism is beginning to affect the disability applications of Veterans as well. Disability applications are either being accidentally lost, getting held up in bureaucratic red-tape or blatantly denied without cause. Just as we see in the struggles that President Obama is experiencing due to racism, our soldiers are experiencing the same.
Wake up America racism still exists amongst the ranks. We’ve come a long way since the March on Washington but my question to you is “What are we going to do about it?”
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