If you look at the Navy in its entirety, it's a representative mix of America's society. But if you look at the leadership, it tends to be very white male. And that is not the direction where the country is going and nor is it from that non-diverse group that you get, in my mind, the best solutions to problems. ... It's from diversity that I think you get many different perspectives, different ideas, you get different experiences and that gives you a richness of solutions that you otherwise wouldn't have. ... We are beginning to see things that are moving in the right direction. For example, at our Naval Academy, we are bringing in the most diverse group that has ever come into the Naval Academy. And that is a function of not offering any type of special programs or compromising on any standards that have existed at the Naval Academy, but rather just getting out and talking to people and making young people aware of the opportunities that exist in the Navy.
If we want to be honest about Diversity at Annapolis, it would also be helpful if we mentioned that for the first time we are counting Americans with DNA of Asian origin as "minority," that we are letting some Americans with DNA of European Origin self-identify as a minority while other Americans with DNA of European origin self-identify as majority, and we assume that, like the Jim Crow laws of old, that the "one drop" rule applies for those of mixed DNA source - but that would make everyone uncomfortable, wouldn't it?