Let's tap in to that train wreck of a N134 brief again. This slide is always fun, click it for larger if you need to.
Love that active discrimination plan. Always nice when they drop the veil for 'ya like that. Bask in it for a bit and then come back.
Well - let me help everyone out here. Without overt and un-Constitutional institutional racism (which you could argue is going on right now) - you will never get there in the near future. Here's why.
Facts are hard things.
One of the worst hangovers we will have from the Mullen/Roughead legacy will be the huge and costly Diversity Industry infrastructure that is now imbedded so thoroughly in the Navy. It is run by people who refuse - outright refuse - to accept that they are asking the impossible. Many know that, but they don't mind. It is job security and an opportunity to get a rush off that thing that makes them feel funny in the pants; grievance pandering and sanctioned race hate.
We know the Navy officer corps is and will be heavy users of STEM graduates (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). But we also know the Empires of the Parallel Universe also demand equality of outcomes - well, we will never get there.
The percentage of African-Americans earning STEM degrees has fallen during the last decade. It may seem far-fetched for an undereducated black population to aspire to become chemists or computer scientists, but the door is wide open, colleges say, and the shortfall has created opportunities for those who choose this path.Don't give me this "mentors and role models" FOD either. I got my a55 handed to me in college by Taiwanese and Communist Chinese students - not to mention the Vietnamese boat kids - who had only one mentor; a better work ethic than I had.
STEM barriers are not unique to black people. The United States does not produce as high a proportion of white engineers, scientists and mathematicians as it used to. Women and Latinos also lag behind white men.
Yet the situation is most acute for African-Americans.
Black people are 12 percent of the U.S. population and 11 percent of all students beyond high school. In 2009, they received just 7 percent of all STEM bachelor's degrees, 4 percent of master's degrees, and 2 percent of PhDs, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
From community college through PhD level, the percentage of STEM degrees received by blacks in 2009 was 7.5 percent, down from 8.1 percent in 2001.
The numbers are striking in certain fields. In 2009, African-Americans received 1 percent of degrees in science technologies, and 4 percent of degrees in math and statistics. Out of 5,048 PhDs awarded in the physical sciences, such as chemistry and physics, 89 went to African-Americans — less than 2 percent.
... of biological and biomedical sciences, where 6,957 PhDs were awarded in 2009. Only 88 went to black men — that's 1 percent. (176 went to black women.)
No, the color and shapes of faces is not the problem here - culture and our public education system has the balance of the cause. People with much less opportunity and greater challenges have been able to do it.