DADT Disproportionately Affects Black Women

Black women are discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” at three times the rate that they serve in the military.

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Saw this piece on DADT over on Race Wire

This story has made headline news across the world. But what we haven’t heard is, who’s really being affected by this?

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" has been used to kick Black women out of the military at a much higher rate than other groups. In fact, Black women are discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” at three times the rate that they serve in the military. Although Black women make up less than one percent of servicemembers, they comprise 3.3% of those discharged under the policy.

But wait, it gets better. The same report notes people can be discharged under DADT even if they are not gay or lesbian, apparently there are cases where men have accused women who refuse unwanted sexual advances of being lesbians, or because the women are successful and some men do not want to serve under them.

Whoa.

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