As we near the repeal of the government’s long standing discriminatory policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” for gays in the military, it is becoming clearer just how much these discriminatory policies have effected both the abilities of gays to serve, as well as the impact on our nation’s military. While a new survey of Armed Force’s personal revealed that most service members surveyed do not care about gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, the policy continues to stand.
A former Marine, Anuradha K. Bhagwati, writes over at WNYC.org on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, and the specific and targeting impact that the policy has upon women and minorities within the military:
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) has long fed off the hatred of unwanted and vulnerable personnel, namely, women and people of color. Since the inception of the policy, servicewomen have been disproportionately impacted compared to their male counterparts. While the proportion of men discharged under DADT has decreased steadily over time, the proportion of women discharged has increased.”
You can read all of Bhagwati’s article on DADT here: http://www.wnyc.org/blogs/its-free-blog/2010/nov/30/sexist-and-racist-lurk-dont-ask-dont-tell-enforcement/, and come back for continuing updates on the status of the DADT repeal.