U.S. Air Force Inspector General’s Report: Racial Inequality Exists

U.S. Air Force Inspector General's Report: Racial Inequality Exists

According to the document, African-Americans serving in the Air Force often face different treatment than their white service members

African-Americans serving in the U.S. Air Force face different treatment than their white counterparts during criminal investigations or promotions. That’s according to an Air Force inspector general’s report, which “confirmed the existence of racial disparities in the treatment of black service members.”

More than 123,000 service members participated in a survey on the subject, 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 get them. But we just drowned in them. The Airmen really wanted to tell a story – each one their own. They wanted their voices to be heard,” Colonel General Sami Said, inspector general of the U.S. Air Force, told reporters.

The review cites evidence that black service members are more likely to face harsher punishment than their white counterparts and less likely to believe the system will treat them fairly.

The report does not say why there are racial disparities, but instead recommends that leaders develop a plan to address the imbalance.

In June, the U.S. Air Force Command ordered an analysis of racial, ethnic and other disparities 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 Gen. Charles Brown wrote on Twitter that leaders are “analyzing root causes and taking appropriate action to address these issues.”