Documents Reveal US Army Indoctrinated Soldiers on Dangers of ‘White Privilege’

Judicial Watch: Documents Reveal US Army Indoctrinated Soldiers on Dangers of ‘White Privilege’

‘Our society attaches privilege to being white and male and heterosexual.’

[Hat-tip to gpmtrad]

MARCH 09, 2016

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained documents from the United States Department of the Army revealing that in April 2015, 400 soldiers in the 67th Signal Battalion at Fort Gordon, Georgia, were subjected to a “white privilege” briefing, including a PowerPoint presentation instructing the attendees: “Our society attaches privilege to being white and male and heterosexual …”

The slideshow also informed the soldiers: “Race privilege gives whites little reason to pay a lot of attention to African Americans.” It alleged that there are unspecified “powerful forces everywhere” keeping different kinds of people from being valued, accepted, and appreciated, but “we act as if it doesn’t exist.” This alleged privilege creates a “yawning divide” in income, wealth, and dignity. The material described a mythical African woman who isn’t aware that she’s black until she comes to America, encounters “white racism” and discovers the U.S. is “organized according to race.”

The Department of the Army documents were obtained in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking:

Any and all materials used in an Equal Opportunity briefing provided on April 2, 2015, to the 67th Signal Battalion at Fort Gordon, Georgia, which included a discussion of “white privilege,” including but not limited to, handouts, PowerPoint presentations, audio/video tapes, course syllabi, and any recordings of the presentation itself.

The response to the Judicial Watch FOIA request included the entire Equal Opportunity Training PowerPoint presentation entitled “Power and Privilege,” which states:

Privilege exists when one group has something of value that is denied to others simply because of the groups they belong to, rather than because of anything they’ve done or failed to do.

Privilege has become one of those loaded words we need to reclaim so that we can use it to name and illuminate the truth


Race privilege gives whites little reason to pay a lot of attention to African Americans or to how white privilege affects them. “To be white in American [sic] means not having to think about it” [Quotation not attributed]


Our society attaches privilege to being white and male and heterosexual regardless of your social class.


Imagine a school or a workplace where all kinds of people feel comfortable showing up. [sic] valued, accepted, supported, appreciated, respected, belonging. [sic] Something very powerful keeps this from us.

The truth of this powerful forces [sic] is everywhere, but we don’t know how to talk about it and so we act as though it doesn’t exist

The trouble we’re in privileges [sic] some groups at the expense of others.

It creates a yawning divide in levels of income, wealth, dignity, safety, health and quality of life.

It promotes fear, suspicion, discrimination, harassment, and violence.


Consider the “black woman” in Africa who has not experienced white racism and does not identify herself as a “black woman”. African, a woman, but not black.

She only became “black” when she came to the U.S. where privilege is organized according to race, where she is assigned to a social category that bears that name and she is treated differently as a result. [Emphasis added]


The trouble we’re in can’t be solved unless the “privileged” make the problem of privilege their problem and do something about it.

The fact that it’s so easy for me and other people in dominant groups not to do this is the single most powerful barrier to change.

Though news of the indoctrination incident was briefly reported in Stars and Stripes shortly after it occurred, only one of the above slides previously has been made public. Confronted with the information at the time, an Army spokesperson claimed the presentation was not officially sanctioned.

Judicial Watch previously obtained Defense Department equal opportunity training materials that depict conservative organizations as “hate groups” and advise students to be aware that “many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place.” And last month, Judicial Watch uncovered Air Force Academy documents that show how the Academy used its “Chapel Tithes and Offering Fund” to pay for cadets to participate in worship services featuring witchcraft, “Faery Magick,” and voodoo.

“Outrageous – that is the only word to describe this type of raw racist indoctrination,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The Obama administration undermines the morale of our military with morally repugnant ‘equal opportunity training’ that makes many soldiers feel unwelcome because they are the wrong sex, race, religion or aren’t part of a politically correct group.”

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  1. [And “In the Navy”; hat-tip to Aged parent at (excluding the video)]

    Navy Caught Conducting Secret Electromagnetic Warfare Testing In Public In Washington State

    Claire Bernish
    MARCH 9, 2016

    Exposure to electromagnetic frequency radiation has been shown by medical studies and the Navy to cause numerous health problems, including corneal damage, tubular degeneration of testicles, brain heating, sterility, altered penile function, death, cranial nerve disorders, seizures, convulsions, depression, insomnia, chest pain, and sparking between dental fillings. And that list is far from complete.

    That being said, electromagnetic warfare testing and training has been covertly conducted by the U.S. Navy on public roads in Washington State — for over five years.

    An exclusive report from Truthout divulged the secretive EMF testing, discovered through a number of Freedom of Information Act requests coupled with contradictory and fumbling public statements by the Navy and Forest Service.

    “An email thread between the Navy and US Forest Service between 2010 and 2012, recently obtained via [FOIA] request filed by Oregon-based author and activist Carol Van Strum in November 2014, revealed that the Navy has likely been driving mobile electromagnetic warfare emitters and conducting electromagnetic warfare training in the Olympic National Forest and on public roads on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula since 2010,” reported Truthout’s Dahr Jamail.

    Alarmingly, without public notification or even cautionary boundary warnings in place to prevent accidental exposure, the Navy’s EMF testing has taken place in public areas and popular tourist destinations for five years. This vastly contradicts its proposed electromagnetic warfare training plans, ostensibly set to begin this year, which have stirred enormous controversy.

    Besides those harmful effects on humans, there are potentially “large-scale negative impacts” on avian, aquatic, reptilian, and other biota in the environmentally sensitive area which includes Hoh Rainforest.

    “Effects on small mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians were completely ignored, despite the fact that all 15 Olympic National Forest and state-owned sites selected by the Navy for the mobile emitters are in critical habitat for endangered species,” explained former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official, Karen Sullivan, who worked in the Division of Endangered Species and External Affairs for over 15 years. “They even said that amphibians were unlikely to be found at the sites they’d chosen, and the Forest Service did not dispute this. Do they not realize it’s a rainforest?”

    According to the report, the Navy secretively conducted its own environmental assessment of the impact of its “proposed” testing in the area. Without alerting anyone the assessment had supposedly been carried out, the period allotted for public comment went completely unnoticed — even area elected officials, residents, and Native American tribes remained in the dark, by design.

    Though the Navy maintains the public isn’t at risk during this training, Navy contractor Gerald (Jerry) Sodano told Peninsula Daily News it would take just fifteen minutes for electromagnetic radiation from one emitter truck to damage the “liquid tissue of the eye.” Dangers like these are what has caused enormous public contention for the proposed war games. But the fact that the testing has been happening for years without public knowledge puts the Navy and Forest Service potentially in violation of the law.

    Public statements by both Navy and Forest Service officials obfuscated facts to the point of deception, especially in light of documentation showing such testing has been taking place since 2010. And as Truthout noted, the “Navy and federal government were plainly denying Washingtonians access to the facts about what was really taking place in their state.”

    State government officials had also been left out of the loop concerning the Navy’s electromagnetic warfare tests. Sullivan contacted the Washington State Dept. of Transportation in March 2015, Truthout reported, inquiring about records for any permits issued to, or requested by, the Navy for its use of public roads during testing. According to WSDOT official Joni Higgins, who was shocked to hear about such activity, “no such permit category even existed.”

    As Dr. Martin Pall, professor emeritus of Washington State University, who has extensively studied, lectured, and written on the subject of the effects of electromagnetic radiation, told Truthout, the Navy’s claims of safety are “untrue.”

    “What the Navy is doing we have no idea because they won’t tell us,” he said. “But from what little they have told us, they are using a lot of pulse fields in wavelengths that are damaging to us, to biological organisms. They give us not one iota of evidence of what biological effects are produced by those fields, and don’t even tell us what fields they are using. You only find empty statements of ‘don’t worry about these things.’”

    Truthout has reported extensively on the Navy’s proposed electromagnetic warfare testing and its possible effects — and its controversial plans to forge ahead without concern for possible public harm. These latest revelations that the military branch has already engaged in such war games without public knowledge do nothing to quell the justifiable fear about its intentions.

    • What a riot.

      A few years back, I helped someone charged with studying the effects of cell towers, specifically for a parish to add one in a bell tower. The exposure is quite small, of course, but that didn’t deter the opponents who eventually won out and kept their parish from receiving the much needed funds.

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