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The Diversity Mania at the Naval Academy


How bad is the diversity mania in our military? Evidence mounts that it’s pretty bad, including a little-noticed occurrence regarding the Naval Academy’s color guard at the October 29 World Series game. Two members of the color guard were replaced because the school’s administration was worried that the guard was not sufficiently “diverse.” Diana West writes about it here.

Larry Purdy, whose excellent book Getting Under the Skin of “Diversity” I reviewed here, is a 1968 graduate of the Naval Academy. He has some thoughts to share about his alma mater’s decision to bow down to the gods of diversity:

As with so much else that has happened in recent days, Ms. West’s piece suggests that an obsessive interest in “so-called” diversity has now taken over at one of our nation’s premier military academies. I say “so-called” because it appears the Academy is promoting a form of diversity that is at odds with the environment the Navy actually claims to be fostering, i.e., one “that respects the individual’s worth based on his or her performance regardless of race, gender or creed.”

The words quoted, above, are important. In fact, they are lifted verbatim from the current Chief of Naval Operation’s own Diversity Policy. I presume, of course, that Admiral Gary Roughead meant what he wrote. And if he did, it follows that the skin colors, genders and ethnicities of the midshipmen whom the Academy is training (and, thus, the skin colors and genders of the color guard who represented the Academy at the recent World Series game) are (or should have been) entirely irrelevant.

The CNO’s policy goes on to state that the Navy “will support a culture of professional and personal development ensuring our people are trained and educated to accomplish our mission, with opportunities available to all in an equal manner.” And ends with this: “We will sustain our force through the fair, equal, and ethical treatment of every member of the United States Navy.”  

To that I say, “Amen.”

The only colors that should matter to the Naval Academy’s senior leadership are Navy Blue and Gold and Marine Corps Green. And while it should not need saying, I am convinced that when every member of our armed services knows he or she will be treated fairly and equitably without regard to race or ethnicity, they will come in abundance from every American community to defend, in the end, the only colors that truly matter: Red, White & Blue.


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