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A new study by the Pew Research Center found that of the 167,000 women in the U.S. combined forces, 31% are black. When white women make up just 53% of the women in the military, but represent 78% of the general female population, that percentage is huge.

According to Madam Noire, Beth J. Asch, a senior economist and defense manpower specialist at the Rand Corporation, suggested in a New York Times article that the large number of black women enlisting is a result of the military’s recruiting practices. She said the military tries to attract high school graduates who are looking for job training, good benefits, and help with college tuition which appeals to a lot of black women.

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  1. And how are Black women treated in the Military? Can you say “Shoshana Johnson”? Can you say “Pfc. LaVena Johnson”? If you can say those two names please scream them because the US Military can’t seem to hear their names.

    • Armede: Please explain who are the two above Black women that you site in your detailed critique in this article?
      Because of the sky-rocket increase in college tuition and board joining the U.S. Military is one of the viable options that Black females have at their disposal. I would assume that most of the Black females that join the U.S. Military come from the working poor and poor classes. The Black middle class has seen their wealth and incomes decrease in the last 10 years so even a few so-called middle class Black females are joining the military, who wouldn’t have never even considered a career in said military.
      The U.S. Military is always held up and used as an exmple as a true Equal Opportunity Employer, but there are still numerous systemic and individual racial as well as gender problems within all the branches of the U.S. Military. The U.S. Military does have a better track record of affording equal opportunity to Blacks and females in comparision to Corporate America whereby the process of workforce desegregation has been slow and in some cases virtually non-existent.

      Remember Armede, its people who run the military and corporate America. Although President Barack Obama, is the Commander-In-Chief of the U.S. Military he is not involved in the everyday activities and decisions in the U.S Military, which is left up to mainly a cadre of white males in the top brass. Black, Hispanic, Asian and white females have made progress in the U.S. Military relative to promotions and assignments, but the progress has been slow in the upper ranks of the U.S. Military compared to corporate America.
      There is no Utopia society for Black Americans in the United States of America or any other American except for the ONE PERCENT CLASS. The ONE PERCENT CLASS also has many problems trying hold on to their obscene greedy power and wealth.

      • Ronald, thank you for responding to my post. I believe there is a connection between the rising cost of a formal education and the Military being the only option many young people have that allows them an education. Even though there may be restrictions Service people run up against when trying to get to the promised education. To answer your questions, Shoshana Johnson was the first Black female POW. I’m not surprised that you havent hear of her. I am sure though, that you have heard of Jessica Lynch. Both women were held as POW. But their stories are very different.

        “the Army sold her as a John Wayne-type hero who had gone down with her guns blazing. The story captured the country’s imagination, and the fascination continued when it was revealed that the Army’s original story was a total fabrication. Lynch, like Johnson, did not have a working weapon and surrendered without firing a shot. ” *1

        As you recall, Jessica’s dramatic rescue was covered by the media. Miss Johnson’s fellow POW service members had to frantically convince the US military rescuers that she could not stand up upon rescue because her leg had been torn up during her capture. Her US rescuers held her at gunpoint, refusing to believe she was not a Black “enemy combatant.” Jessica was immediately granted 100% disability when she returned, Shoshana had to fight for her full benefits.

        PFC LaVena Johnson Was Raped, Beaten, Mutilated, Set On Fire And Worse – Army Calls It Suicide. Oddly enough the personal websites that have information on her families fight for justice have been pulled off the web. I was able to find something on her on Wiklipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaVena_Johnson

        Peace.

        *1 http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/35196926/ns/today-today_people/t/first-black-female-pow-sets-record-straight/#.TwJxSkrwOQ0

      • JAN 6 2012

        I agree with what you have said! I’d like to had that Why don’t black young people go into business of their own so they could hire their own like other RACES! GET SHOLARSHIPS, WORK PARTTIME. Go to a trade school if one doesn’t want college.
        The military IS NOT the answer. Life is no better for our race in the World being in the military.
        WHY don’t you put your opinion on Facebook so ALL can see?

  2. This country has not treated us well enough that we should feel inclined to lay down our lives for it. See how the government treats veterans already? They hardly did a thing for my Grandaddy, a WWII vet until he was in his 80's. You give your all for what, to be homeless or not get adequate medical care? no thank you.

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