I have proof photos that are even on utube photos of a white soldier pointing a loaded 9 mil at a black soldiers head
Photos of luietenent allowing a soldier out side the wire with sniper bait glasses on
Degrading photos of black soldiers posted on family web site
These as well as racist rants by so called men of American honor
It is hard to imagine that racism wouldn't be a problem in our military when it remains a problem in our society. The military was still segregated until 1948 despite people of color being used to fight in wars as early as the Revolution. And even now, the majority of African Americans and Latinos serving complain of racial discrimination in the assignments they are given and the treatment they receive.
I served 22 years and have only been out for about a year now and in this year I have witnessed or heard more racial complaints than I've seen in the last 22 years combined. Don't get me wrong I have heard racial slurs even in the military and have even been called "whitey" or "Cracka" jokingly from my comrades but when push comes to shove those same people had my back in a moments notice on any issue. The first time I was ever profiled/discriminated against was when I was stationed in Brooklyn and a local cop asked me why a white man like me was in my neighborhood. He was shocked to find out I lived in the building he stopped me at. Some would call that racial profiling or discrimination I call it doing his job. Is racism ever going to be truly gone I don't think so until the world is all 1 shade.
Any place you go you are going to meet bigots, whether it be military, work, school, ANYWHERE. The military is no exception there will people that will be mean to someone because of their race. But these people are rare, although they are everywhere you do not work with these people most of the time. They may be there but they are not the majority
Racial minorities have been being accepted in society increasingly over time, and I believe that fact is represented in the military as much as in everyday life. There probably are people who have disguised racial prejudices still, but it is becoming socially unacceptable as people learn to appreciate minorities for their own contributions to society. As in any organization such as the military there may still be factors that hold down different groups from advancement, such as women and gays, but I think racial barriers are becoming less prominent.
It's not any more a problem there than it is anywhere else. The military relies on review boards when a soldier comes up for promotion. They judge him based on the performance of his duties, physical fitness, and overall soldierly qualities. It's possible one member of the board might be a raging racist, but it's unlikely his opinion will sway the entire board.
There are those that may claim the military is racist. This belief, however, cannot be further from the truth. Results and actions are rewarded in the military regardless of color.
To understand the race neutrality within the military on need only look at the leadership. The highest positions are frequently held by those that would be considered minorities.