The US Senate confirmed an African American man to serve as a service chief in the US military for the first time, marking a historic moment for the armed forces, which seldom see people of color among the top brass. Vice President Mike Pence presided over the historic 98-0 vote to confirm Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. to be chief of staff of the Air Force, a vote that came against the backdrop of a nation simmering with anger and sadness over racial injustice following the death of George Floyd and other black Americans at the hands of police. A few days before his confirmation vote, Brown, who goes by C.Q., released a moving, deeply personal video, in which he said he was “full with emotion” for “the many African Americans that have suffered the same fate as George Floyd.”

 

“I’m thinking about a history of racial issues and my own experiences that didn’t always sing of liberty,” he said in the video that was posted on Twitter. He outlined being one of the only African Americans at his school and often being the only African American in his platoon, and later, in leadership. “I’m thinking about wearing the same flight suit with the same wings on my chest as my peers and then being questioned by another military member: ‘Are you a pilot?'” he said. I’m thinking about the pressure I felt to perform error-free, especially for supervisors I perceived had expected less of me as an African American. I’m thinking about having to represent by working twice as hard to prove their expectations and perceptions of African Americans were invalid,” he said.

 

Immigrants on iMiMatch have been really sad that in an organization such as the US military, only 8.8% of officers are black, compared to 76.1% who are white.The US military has long been known for the lack of diversity among its leadership. As the country has been grappling with its complicated racial history, so too has the military. But today, immigrants on iMiMatch are happy the narrative is changing and that due to protests sparked by George Floyd’s death, more opportunities in the American military have opened up for Blacks. Now, immigrants on iMiMatch can proudly enroll in the army or any other body and though disparity may still exist, the probability for them to succeed and move up the ladder is higher. The Army is said to be considering renaming nearly a dozen major bases and installations that bear the names of Confederate military commanders. At the end, Floyd’s death is bearing rather good fruits for immigrants on iMiMatch.

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