Thursday, July 24, 2008

AP IMPACT: After 60 years, black officers rare

Full disclosure, I spotted this on Big ups, P6, ptc, rik, ub, and quaker! Hollatchagirl!

But, seriously. Flabbergasted, I think, is the word I'm looking for. When I first saw P6's post, I didn't pay it that much attention. But now that I've read the article, this is sad. People are gonna have to stop deluding themselves about the equality, or lack thereof, of opportunity in this country, including, sadly, even the armed forces. Can brothas and sistas not catch a break in this country even when they're willing to catch a bullet? That's, er, not right.

AP IMPACT: After 60 years, black officers rare
By Lolita C. Baldor
Associated Press Writer / July 23, 2008

WASHINGTON—Blacks have made great strides in the military since it was integrated 60 years ago, but they still struggle to gain a foothold in the higher ranks, where less than 6 percent of U.S. general officers are African-American.

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