Of course, the article is a Pravda-esque bit on the Commissariat's Diversity Bully Bureau's Diversity Push. Going with the subject of the article, the picture brings with it an other-worldly tone deafness that does the Navy and the CNO no good whatsoever. His Staff should be keel-hauled.
I am having trouble finding a more out of touch policy in my ~two decades of service than the archaic Ethnic Studies babble that, under threat of Congressional bothering, gets shoved in front of the CNO for his signature. TQL had more of a grounding in reality than this stuff that reads like nothing has happened since 1968.
The patronizing, retrograde nature of the Navy's Diversity Cant is perfectly demonstrated in the picture above. Big White Boss and Black Underling ..... geezzzzzz that is about as bad as the MLK dinner menu at Annapolis.
Seriously, someone get the CNO (wearing civies) to an all-hands social or holiday event with families from any UIC outside of DC; and don't tell them he is coming. Ignore the Boomer navel-gazers and get out there and see the racial interaction of those in the service born after the first episode of Room 222, instead of acting on and supporting discredited theories that looks like they were written in the Johnson Administration.
Diversity? We live it. Without getting in to all the great Sailors we have from Guam, Bosnia, Vietnam, Mexico, Barbados, Egypt, and Canada - we take our diversity to our bloodlines too. Black marry White; White marry Black; Asian of every stripe and the already well mixed "Hispanic" marry all and everyone - as does everyone else - not to mention the dating scene. You get the great "Half Black (which in the American context usually means 70% African and 30% European anyway) & Half Philippina" combo having children with a "Half European & Half Guatemalan" (...and you seriously want us to classify by race, eugenically like, both the parents and children?...) running around in scads with everyone from the red-haired O'Brien brats to the obsidian hues of the children of the YN2 from Ghana. Give us all a break - we are doing just fine if you would quit shoving your insecurities about race in our face.
I wish that the Boombers would just go on a retreat together and have a drum circle and work this out and quit polluting the younger generations with "your issues." We can't make progress when the older generations keep pulling us back.
As Senator Obama (D-IL) could tell you, passing on hateful and divisive ideas to the next generation isn't helping anyone advance anything - and distorts and obscures the real progress real leaders made against real racism.
I wish the Ethnic & Gender Studies majors and Diversity Bullies would just let us get on with the business of the ship...and leave my CNO and my Navy out of it. Your ideology is a cancer.
UPDATE: Today, someone said something that I think applies to our Diversity Bullies.
...he spoke as if our society was static; as if no progress has been made; as if this country – a country that has made it possible for one of his own members to run for the highest office in the land and build a coalition of white and black; Latino and Asian, rich and poor, young and old — is still irrevocably bound to a tragic past. But what we know — what we have seen – is that America can change. That is true genius of this nation. What we have already achieved gives us hope – the audacity to hope – for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.Hmmm.....