About 400 soldiers at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia, were forced to sit through a training session that included a bullet-point discussion on “white privilege,” and outraged members of the social media community now say the instructor should be hit with a dishonorable discharge.
One bullet point read, the Blaze reported: “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 America means not having to think about it.”
An image of that slide was posted to Facebook, and response was quick.
“That should be instant UCMJ and Dishonorable Discharge for the instructor who deviated in this manner,” one wrote.
And another, from a military member: “Pretty sick of hearing about white privilege. Nearly my entire chain of command and BCO support channel have been Hispanic or black since I joined.”
The training class was billed as an equal-opportunity seminar and shown to 400 or so soldiers with the 67th Signal Battalion at Fort Gordon, said Captain Lindsay Roman in USA Today.
The segment of the slideshow presentation that involved “white privilege” was called “The Luxury of Obliviousness.”
Roman said the instructor was out of line.
“The unit instructor deviated from the authorized topic and content which was provided,” Roman said to USA Today. “To prevent further instances, all unit instructors will receive additional training on the importance of following Army EO training requirements.”