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Date Posted: 05:42:56 11/29/06 Wed
Author: Cricket
Subject: What?
In reply to: Deborah 's message, "Regarding Rangel in the news" on 01:43:48 11/29/06 Wed

About thirty or so years ago, I heard a wise saying from my bishop: "We cannot judge those who work on the Sabbath for there are many services provided to keep us safe, healthy and free. There are EMTs, police, hospital staff
and pharmacists, travel, even, in case of emergency."

Having said that, Charles Rangel's comments about the military being minority heavy were just plain wrong and proved wrong by a study he himself commissioned to look into racial disparity in the armed forces. Blacks and minorities are in the support services, such as personnel,
medical and clerical. Whites are in the combat arms jobs
which is where the highest casualty losses are. Across the board, though, Blacks, Asians, Hispanics and Native Americans are well represented in an all volunteer military.

IOW, if you look at the data, if African-Americans are about 10-15% of the US population, that is the approximately the makeup of the military for that ethnic group. And it goes along those lines pretty much for all the branches of the services. Rangel wanted to make service in the military a racial issue by instituting a draft to force enlistment from the wealthy and priveleged.
Just what we need, another Jean F. Kerry.

But any member of the military could have told him that had he bothered to ask.

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