A new study has found that U.S. Air Force personnel may not be promoted as quickly as their peers if they decide to seek a shaving waiver to wear a beard while in service.
The findings, published in the journal Military Medicine last week, surveyed thousands of airmen to examine whether their careers were in jeopardy because of their appearance. The study sought to find out whether Black airmen were disproportionately affected in their careers by having a shaving waiver, the authors wrote.
One of the conditions, known as Pseudofolliculitis Barbae, or PFB, causes razor bumps and painful ingrown beard hair — and it commonly affects Black men. The change meant that airmen no longer needed to request an exemption on an annual basis.
The report concluded that the promotion system is not inherently biased based on race, but biased “against the presence of facial hair which will likely always affect the promotions of Blacks/African-Americans disproportionately.” That’s because Black airmen would more likely need to request a waiver over their white counterparts.
The lowest common denominator in all of the targeting of black men in the military is simply about their race. They may use facial hair in this instance another excuse in another, but the reason that black men are always affected negatively is because of their race. It is partly because relationships are harder to be forged with the mainly white male leadership and so mentorship is unavailable and there is no effort on the part of white male leaders to aid in the success of black men within the military force.
The coverups of white male missteps and the overemphasis on small missteps of black men further perpetuate the disparity among blacks promoting. You will find most black males never make it to retirement because of the racist targeting. This is one of the reasons the argument is on the table to take away the military’s ability to punish their own, however the same partial judgment happens in the civilian sector as well.
Critical Race Theory is needed to address these situations and make everyone aware about the atrocities that are taking place within our nation. We must come together and embrace the love of truth and do not seek its minimization. When you embrace truth and love and expect others to do the same the nation will change for the better. Watch out for the slick tongue and the deceiver who hides truth in order to perpetuate and promote racism and white supremacy using fear.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).