African Americans serving in the US Air Force face different treatment than their white counterparts during criminal investigations or promotions. This is stated in the report of the Air Force Inspector General, who “confirmed the existence of racial inequality in relation to black military personnel.”
More than 123,000 military personnel took part in a survey on the topic, and 138 face-to-face meetings at Air Force bases across the country yielded a total of 27,000 pages of comments.
“When we asked for comments, we expected to receive them. But we just drowned in them. The servicemen really wanted to tell a story – each his own. They wanted their voices to be heard, ”US Air Force Inspector General Colonel General Sami Said told reporters.
The review provides evidence that black military personnel are more likely to face harsher punishment than their white counterparts and are less likely to believe that the system will treat them fairly.
The report does not say why racial inequality exists, but instead recommends that leaders develop a plan to address the imbalance.
In June, the US Air Force ordered an analysis of racial, ethnic and other differences and their impact on the military after the death of George Floyd.
The new Air Force report does not explicitly mention systematic racism, but Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles Brown tweeted that leaders are “looking at root causes and taking appropriate action to address these issues.”