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Video: USAF Academy forces cadets to watch pro-Black Lives Matter video before attending school

Cadets with the class of 2020 graduate at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo., April 18, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dennis Hoffman)
August 23, 2021

Incoming U.S. Air Force Academy cadets are forced to watch a video on “diversity and inclusion” promoting the Black Lives Matter movement as part of an introduction to the school.

In a screen recording of the video uploaded to Rumble, what appears to be the Air Force Academy’s onboarding materials include a video showing a mixed-race student named Jose who is pressured by two of his friends to attend a Black Lives Matter group meeting on campus.

“So I know you said you couldn’t make it, but Madison and I really want you to go to the Black Lives Matter chapter meeting with us. Can’t I change your mind?” one student says.

After Jose agrees to attend the meeting, the female character introduces a third individual, Jeff, who shares his surprise that Jose doesn’t look “more south of the border.” Jose explains that his dad is from Mexico and his mom is from Nigeria.

“So, you’re doing the Black Lives Matter thing? No offense, it just seems like all lives matter would be a better way to bring people together,” Jeff says. “Because black lives aren’t the only lives that matter. It just seems like you’re saying that your dad’s family matters less than your mom’s.”

The educational video pauses and provides the student watching with three choices on how to respond to the situation. Every choice supports the Black Lives Matter movement, including “tell Jose to share his perspective with Jeff about why Black Lives Matter is important,” “Tell Jeff that he’s naïve, his comments are racist, and he should leave,” and “Engage in a conversation with Jeff about his comments and assumptions.”

The video is part of the Air Force Academy’s “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion” training provided to incoming cadets. The school’s Chief of Media Relations Dean J. Miller told Fox News last week that the pro-Black Lives Matter video is “required training for inbound cadets (appointees) ahead of their arrival to the U.S. Air Force Academy.”

“This is the first year this training has been used at the Academy, and it is used at universities and colleges across the country,” Miller continued.

The requirement comes months after the Department of Defense and Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) both confirmed that service members and civilians are offered a “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” course among an array of professional development courses.

According to Fox News, the course on “diversity, equity and inclusion” reportedly involved discussions on anti-racism and White supremacy, in addition to lessons on “bias” and “systemic disparities.” It was first revealed to be offered in JSOC, but later confirmed to be offered to all military and civilian personnel.