January 06, 2009

Racial Discrimination: An Army Survey

Featuring Dr. Jason Dempsey

Source: ABC News

Journalist Gary Langer

I’ve been focused on military issues lately – first the veteran vote, then a polling misfire by the Military Times – and now a fascinating new report soon to be published in the journal “Armed Forces & Society,” tackling the issue of racial discrimination in the Army.

As Barack Obama prepares to take office as the first African-American president, the study underscores the work yet to be done beyond his individual accomplishment. It finds significant experiences of discrimination – including reverse discrimination – in the enlisted ranks and among minority officers, but much less so among white officers, whom it describes as “comfortably colorblind.” 

The study is based on a rare, representative, random-sample survey of active-duty U.S. Army service members conducted in 2004. Results on partisanship and ideology have been released previously (see my coverage last July). The new report, again by Army Maj. Jason Dempsey and Columbia University Prof. Robert Shapiro, is focused chiefly on Hispanics but includes data across races.

Read the full article at ABC News.


  • Dr. Jason Dempsey

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

    Jason Dempsey is an Adjunct Senior Fellow of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Dr. Dempsey has written extensively ...