Last Sunday, four-star Gen. Robert Abrams, who commands all US forces in South Korea, held a town hall with black service members on the subject of race that was then broadcast on Facebook to thousands.
The commander of USFK, four-star General Robert Abrams, who is in the most prominent position in controlling military operations in South Korea, has conjugated a town hall consisted of only African-American descent service members and took a deep discussion of race and military life, and then broadcast the whole procedure on Facebook. This is seen as a very brazen move, as the POTUS, supreme commander of all military operations, may view the move as somewhat of an upset.
He has, during his own speech in the town hall meeting, become truly confessional, bringing observations from his own military career:”From my time of service, I’ve tried real hard to be part of the solution, and it was really difficult for me to come to grasp this week that I have fallen way short in helping eliminate racism and bigotry in our own ranks.
Abrams have previously arranged, before the broadcast began, to have everyone at the discussion table wear civilian clothes, which was a move diagnosed by experts as means of clarifying he will hold their opinions regardless of their military class and distinctions in hearing their opinions and experiences.
He also promised to all the attendees and those who will be watching him from that “we’re going to develop an action plan with real meat on the bones to get after this.We are not going to put up with this one second longer this time.
There is no indication top brass are coordinating their efforts, but the message is unmistakable.
Service members at all levels are speaking out and commanders are listening.The military — which Trump often uses to bolster himself as a commander in chief — is taking a renewed stand against racial injustice and moving on from the President on this key issue.
The very strikingly shocking move by the four-star general has just been one of many moves in tandem with the Black Lives Matter movement, as leaders inside the barracks have moved in a rather coordinated manner to be brutally honest about racism within the military culture, ultimately with the goal of cleansing the culture as well as giving a straight, direct message to the public in facing racism, which the highest office is currently refusing to do.
The Army’s most senior enlisted soldier, Sgt.Maj. Michael A. Grinston, posted a video on Twitter on the tribulations he had to endure as a biracial American.
Grinston revealed an episode where he was confused about the non-conforming categorization of the military where he had to identify as something he was not, as there was no bi-racial category in the induction.
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