President Donald Trump has outdone himself yet again. In a string of tweets released this morning, he announced that the U.S. military will not allow transgender individuals from enlisting.
Colin Kaepernick has gone to great lengths to show that while he’s protesting the National Anthem, he has great respect for members of the military and their sacrifices. Despite this, many people feel that anything but unapologetic support for all things tied to American symbolism is un-American.
While he originally supported Kaepernick’s freedom of speech, and his cause, President Barack Obama recently came out to ask the football player, and other athletes, to consider military members and families during their protest. As if they weren’t already.
The Obama Administration is creating historic moments and stories that will be passed down for generations to come.
The newest announcement is that Eric Fanning is now the first openly gay Army secretary of the United States, which the Senate confirmed last Tuesday evening. This news comes about five years after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” which did not allow gay and lesbian service members to talk about their sexuality publicly.
16 black female cadets at The United States Military Academy at West Point came under fire after a photo circulated the Internet showing them posing with their fists raised in a “black power” salute.
Some felt that they violated the military’s protocol against any form of “political expression” and were supporting Black Lives Matters protests. We at Black Youth Project weren’t among them.
A recent college grad got the shock of her life when her dad surprised her at her graduation.
Ruby Robinson, a graduate of the Columbia Engineering School, assumed that her father, U.S. Army Reserve Captain Keith Robinson, would not be able to attend the ceremony due to deployment in Afghanistan.
In response to criticism about the American military’s newly revised policies regarding hairstyles, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the branch to review the regulations.
Hagel’s orders come on the heels of a complaint filed by 16 women of the Congressional Black Caucus, that alleges the regulations which ban large cornrows, twists and dreadlocks, discriminate against African American women.
St. Louis native LaVena Johnson of was a bubbly, intelligent young woman who had high hopes of making an impact while serving her country. As a member of the military, Johnson served overseas in Iraq, just shortly after the U.S. embarked on the Iraq war.
Her tragic dreams were cut short when she was found dead in July of 2005, and while the United States Army ruled the death a suicide, Johnson’s family is demanding an investigation.
Last night President Obama delivered a State of the Union address that’s being called “bold,” “uncompromising,” and “progressive” by pundits, and a call to “tax more, borrow more and spend more” by the GOP.
He called for government money to create jobs and strengthen the middle class, announced troop withdrawals from Afghanistan within the year, and advocated for immigration reform, gun control, and action to combat climate change.
Jobs and growth dominated Obama’s address. Many elements of his economic blueprint were repacked proposals from his first term that failed to gain traction on Capitol Hill.
The Pentagon has officially lifted the ban on female service members in combat.
The news came as a surprise to female veteran activists, many of whom assumed military top brass were still apprehensive to take such measures.
The Army and Marines will present plans for opening these combat-related jobs to women by May 15th.