Through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, Judicial Watch obtained training materials used by the U.S. Army in teaching soldiers about white privilege, as well as male, heterosexual privilege. The documents pertained to an Equal Opportunity briefing on April 2, 2015, to the 67th Signal Battalion at Fort Gordon, Georgia.
Here are some of the topics covered using a PowerPoint presentation in the briefing at Fort Gordon, reported by Judicial Watch:
- 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. [Emphasis added]
- 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.
A few years ago, Judicial Watch had obtained a 133-page document used by the U.S. Air Force, which included a “student guide” to extremist groups and hate groups. According to the student guide, “Nowadays, instead of dressing in sheets or publically espousing hate messages, many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place.”
Regarding “extremist ideologies,” the document listed two historical examples: one, “the colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule”; and two, “the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states.”