Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Today’s Discussion

with 2 comments

So I just put up my post for this week before class, but I’m too fired up about the class discussion to not put up this second one. The last comment made in the class mentioned the difference between “need” and “should” in reference to getting rid of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy. I think the answer to should it be changed is a definite “YES”. Our country is supposedly all about equality in legal ways, plus morality is seen as super important as well. So it shouldn’t be a leap to get rid of a policy that gives a part of society less freedom to be who they are. I think the bigger question is, does the policy “need” to change? This answer isn’t as much a certainty as the other, but I do think the answer is yes, as well. As it stands now, the policy is hurting a large group of the armed forces. Since there is no draft, people who are in the military are there voluntarily. They want to be part of the military. Yet, in order to be a member, they have to suppress a fundamental part of themselves. This can not be healthy for their mental state, and being mentally healthy is definitely something we want and need for a person in the military. So do we need to or should we get rid of the policy? My answer is yes. It’s about time.


Written by erom13

October 12, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I think this is far trickier issue than what it is made out to be. The military is one of the final bastions of conservative power in the United States and the one the almost always turn to for support. This issue expounded by homosexuals in the military isn’t a legal or moral one (even though it’s purported to be) but rather a political one. Sure you could give homosexuals their rights, but then again conservationism would have a conflict of ideology because they are strongest supporters of the military. Conservatives have gained a lot of leeway in this nation by expounding on the so-called fact that they are protecting the integrity and moral fiber of this country. If this political stance is diminished, they would essentially loose votes and public support. Long story short, conservatives are slowly losing ground in this country and they are doing everything in their power to keep their remaining sources of power intact.


    October 13, 2009 at 12:38 am

  2. I feel like we should maintain dont ask dont tell, but only if there is no ramification for being homosexual.
    It is none of the government’s business what a soldier’s sexual orientation is if they are doing their job admirably and without flaw. So they shouldn’t ask. And if a soldier wants to keep his sexuality to himself he should be able to also. But I feel like if he wants to tell his band of brothers that he bats for the other side, he should be able to without fear of losing his job or being punished for it.


    October 14, 2009 at 11:55 pm

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