Diversity and inclusion’s getting a shuffle.
As covered by RedState’s streiff over the weekend, the Department of Defense has added an office of “diversity and inclusion.”
Via Twitter, the U.S. Special Operations Command christened its first chief, Richard Torres-Estrada:
USSOCOM welcomes our new Chief of Diversity & Inclusion, Mr. Richard Torres-Estrada. We look forward to his contribution in enhancing the capabilities and effectiveness of #SOF through diversity of talent, helping us recruit the best of the best.
USSOCOM welcomes our new Chief of Diversity & Inclusion, Mr. Richard Torres-Estrada. We look forward to his contribution in enhancing the capabilities and effectiveness of #SOF through diversity of talent, helping us recruit the best of the best. #QuietProfessionals pic.twitter.com/Z6aJnz91mx
— USSOCOM (@USSOCOM) March 25, 2021
Some considered it a curious choice, as the man hadn’t necessarily placed great emphasis on including things that are diverse.
As noted by Tucker Carlson, Richard had previously compared Trump to a certain mustached maniac:
The latest @USSOCOM hire shared this meme comparing Trump to Hitler.
This new hire is clearly an attempt to purge Trump supporters from elite military units. pic.twitter.com/mYreUO6FsD
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) March 26, 2021
There was also this (Language Warning):
This is from the Facebook page of USSOCOM's new Director of Diversity & Inclusion Richard Torres-Estrada. pic.twitter.com/QwaD7DfazS
— jsf072002 (@jsf072002) March 27, 2021
Additionally, he’s said to’ve portrayed police as prejudiced:
Do you agree that all police are racist, a point your latest hire made in his publicly-available Facebook page? pic.twitter.com/qxgAPdmKId
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) March 26, 2021
"DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY" – Pentagon makes a big announcement. USSOCOM just announced that RICHARD TORRES-ESTRADA is their new Chief of Diversity & Inclusion. America is much "safer" now.😟 pic.twitter.com/nPghKZeTj4
— Martin Martin (@martin1812963) March 27, 2021
Well, now the Pentagon’s put the positioning on hold.
As reported by Fox News, amid an investigation of his past posts, Richard’s been “assigned” to something else:
The U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has been investigating the social media activity of Richard Torres-Estrada, days after he was announced as their new head of diversity and inclusion. Torres-Estrada’s Facebook account is currently blocked from public view, but it was still viewable in time for Fox News’ Tucker Carlson to include images of some of his posts during his show on Friday.
A spokesman said Torres-Estrada has not been fired but rather “assigned to other duties pending the results of the investigation.”
U.S. Special Operations Command spokesman Ken McGraw told Fox they’re keeping tight-lipped for the time being:
[T]orres-Estrada has not been fired but rather “assigned to other duties pending the results of the investigation.”
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby confirmed the investigation as well as the importance of keeping things diverse:
“Obviously, we take the need to promote diversity and inclusion seriously here in the department. The secretary has spoken to that many times. And we certainly want that work to be transparent, to be credible, to be effective, and of course professional.”
In order to keep up with the culture, Washington’s Armed Forces wing has certainly been cleaning up its act.
It’s targeted problematic places such as Texas’s Fort Hood:
Ready, Aim, Fire: Military Sets Its Sights on Bases With Confederate Names https://t.co/DuzPCGMbcH
— RedState (@RedState) February 13, 2021
It’s schooled sailors on supremacy:
Military in Motion: The U.S. Navy Adds Antiracist Books to Its Official Reading List
— RedState (@RedState) February 26, 2021
And it’s improved the quality of military milking:
Be All You Can Be: U.S. Army Announces the Allowance of Lipstick, Nail Polish, and Better Breastfeeding
— RedState (@RedState) February 10, 2021
Meanwhile, the nation’s new Secretary of Defense has announced his support for transgenderism in the service.
Back to the diversity and inclusion office, hopefully, things get inclusively figured out. In a very diverse way.
And as I recently wished aloud, let’s cross our fingers that all the social engineering moves make us safer — the purpose of the Defense Department — every astutely-chosen step of the way.
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