I was unable to attend this year's Servicemembers Legal Defense Network annual dinner due to my mom's illness. However, I wanted to see what happened so I hopped on over to SLDN's blog and followed a link back to Pam's House Blend who has a wonderful recap of the whole evening. Then, perusing SLDN's site a bit more, I came across this story.
A recruiter reached out to a gay black man after he posted his resume on CareerBuilder.com and, after discovering he was gay, sent the following in a series of emails:
Using a military email address, U.S. Army recruiter Sgt. Marcia Ramode fired off an email in capital letters that " IF YOU ARE GAY WE DON'T TAKE YOU. YOU ARE CONSIDERED UNQUALIFIED."
Andrew, who is black, criticized Ramode's word choices and poor spelling. In response, the apparently enraged sergeant said in graphic language that Andrew should "GO BACK TO AFRICA AND DO YOUR GAY VOODOO LIMBO TANGO AND WANGO DANCE AND JUMP AROUND AND PRANCE AND RUN ALL OVER THE PLACE HALF NAKED THERE."
SLDN has called for the immediate dismissal of Sgt. Ramode. I don't think the Army does anything on an immediate basis, but she certainly deserves dismissal. And the recruiting command needs some serious training in human relations.
I know, objectively, that people think this way, but I am always amazed when they allow their bigotry to show. I also know the Army's hard up in its recruiting efforts, but you'd think a test of common sense might be administered. What a complete and utter ______ (fill in the blank with your appropriate epithet).