Protests force military reckoning on race | TheHill – The Hill

The U.S. military is grappling with race after early missteps in responding to the nationwide protests against racial injustice roiling the country.

As the entire country reckons with race, military services are examining racial disparities in their justice systems, removing Confederate symbols and working to better listen to Black service members’ experiences with prejudice.

But the Pentagon must also balance restoring public trust without further invoking President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocked for low attendance at rally Trump suggests legislation that would jail people who burn the flag for a year Trump makes defiant return to campaign stage amid controversies MORE‘s ire. Already, Trump has tried to shut down a plan to strip Confederate names from 10 Army bases, though Congress is headed toward forcing the Pentagon’s hand on the issue.

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This past week, Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense: Navy won’t reinstate fired captain | Dems probe use of federal officers in DC | Air Force appoints woman as top noncommissioned officer Navy won’t reinstate fired captain Dems request watchdog probe use of federal law enforcement in DC during Floyd protests MORE announced an internal review aimed at finding ways to “ensure equal opportunity across all ranks.”

“We are not immune to the forces of bias and prejudice â€” whether visible or invisible, conscious or unconscious,”
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