Bruce Fleming, a highly accomplished professor of English at USNA, wrote in the Annapolis newspaper that the Naval Academy revealed that it had an incoming class that was more diverse than ever before: 35 percent minority. Sounds good, only this comes with a huge price tag. He then reveals the extent and gross unfairness (toward Whites) of the process. Fleming bluntly admits that “applicants checked a box on their application that says they are Hispanic, African American, Native American” — and now Asian. This comes as a result of the leadership commitment to the multicultural commandment, as expressed by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead: "Diversity is the number one priority." As Fleming states, “Everyone understands that diversity here means nonwhite skins.” In practice, he explains, this means that a completely different set of rules applies for non-Whites. The result is that minority applicants qualify with lower standards and are automatically accepted. Whites, on the other hand, have higher standards for qualifying and then only one in ten is admitted.
Here's how it works. Midshipmen are admitted by two tracks. White applicants out of high school who are not also athletic recruits typically need grades of A and B and minimum SAT scores of 600 on each part for the Board to vote them "qualified." Athletics and leadership also count. But a vote of "qualified" for a White applicant doesn't mean the applicant's being admitted; it merely means the applicant can then compete to win the "slate" of up to 10 nominations that (most typically) a Congress(wo)man draws up. That means that nine "qualified" White applicants are rejected. SAT scores below 600 or C grades almost always produce a vote of "not qualified" for White applicants.
For applicants who self-identify as one of the minorities, a different set of rules apply. Their cases are briefed separately to the board, and SAT scores to the mid-500s with quite a few Cs in classes (and no visible athletics or leadership) typically produce a vote of "qualified" for them, with direct admission to Annapolis. They're in, and are given a pro forma nomination to make it legit.
The bottom line - White applicants must clear two hurdles during this process to be admitted, while nonwhite applicants only need to clear one hurdle. Diversity trumps competency.
To deal with the profoundly lower test scores of the bulk of minority students, the Academy uses tax money for a remedial school, the Naval Academy Preparatory School. From there, it is pro forma that they will enter the Academy proper. Yet despite all this gaming in favor of nonwhites, they still graduate at about a 10 percent lower rate than the whole class, which of course includes them.
USNA Superintendent Vice Adm. Jeffrey Fowler openly and unashamedly admits that he wants to have Annapolis graduates who looked like the Fleet, where enlisted people are about 42 percent nonwhite, largely African American and Hispanic. His statement that diversity is most important implies that he considers it more important than competency. This poses a significant risk to the national security of the United States and infringes upon our ability to wage war successfully.
White Nationalist pundit John de Nugent posted a comment to the HometownAnnapolis story, which is replicated below (I have broken it into paragraphs to improve readability):
Von Brunn's ire over this issue - June 20, 2009
Many here may recognize my name as the acquaintance by phone of James von Brunn, who went into the Naval Academy not long ago to protest this issue of the gradual minority takeover of the Academy. Obtaining no hearing there, he snapped. Now we are seeing a minority takeover of the entire society, including the very White House, where besids Barry Soetoro we see his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel -- literally an Israeli-US dual citizen. The Sec'y of Homeland Security, Napolitano, is an overt lesbian. Her mother's maiden name was Winer. The Attorney General is black, Holder, and his first speech accused America of being "cowardly" about race (i.e. black complaints).
I note that the author of this article, a USNA professor, refuses to use his name. [Ed. Note: False; Fleming identifies himself as the USNA professor.] It is exactly this climate of FEAR, of ever-growing fear especialy since Obama entered the White House -- the man who cannot simply produce his birth certificate or any evidence of US citizenship, and never wore the US uniform -- it is this craven FEAR by fellow citizens that made James von Brunn snap -- a decorated Navy PT boat captain in World War II. Woe to this country when only 89-year-old men say what is on their mind and, when no one listens, they turn to a gun. Someday there may be a conflict with China, and woe to a US Navy full of C-student officers. The Chinese skippers will NOT be C-student officers, and they will be firing lots of stolen US technology at us that Chinese-American procured for them. I myself had three meritorious promotions in the Marine Corps reserve while at Georgetown and was strongly urged to apply for Marine Officer Candidate School. But when my white civil rights concerns were discovered, I was rejected, regardless of qualifications. (My father fought at Iwo Jima and in Korea as a Marine officer; I was eager to follow in his footsteps.)
I then pursued the pre-med program at Georgetown and did very well. One day, crossing the green, I chatted with a black female fellow student, also in pre-med. She told me that she could get into Georgetown Medical School with a C+ average. Woe to the patient being treated by a C+ doctor. Woe to a nation too afraid to use its name or speak out before it is too late. I WILL speak out, so these von Brunn incidents can be avoided and white Americans have a voice for their civil rights.
John de Nugent - Sarver , PA - Karma: Neutral
While de Nugent's comment is lengthy and wanders off topic a bit, it provides some useful additional perspective and is part of his mainstreaming publicity blitz for the Cause.
One of the most flagrant backfires of affirmative action in the Navy was the fatal crash of an F-14 piloted by Kara Spears Hultgreen in 1994. Despite Naval efforts to find a mechanical excuse, it was ultimately determined to be pilot error combined with left engine failure in what was a routine maneuver. It was alleged that Hultgreen's certification was rubber-stamped and that she was placed in the cockpit before she was ready so the Navy could claim they were pushing female fighter pilots.