Dumbing-Down the U.S. Navy A National Disgrace

"Naval Academy
Professor Challenges Rising Diversity,"
ran the
headline in The Washington Post.

The impression left was that some sorehead was
griping because black and Hispanic kids were finally
being admitted.

The Post`s
opening paragraphs reinforced the impression.

"Of the 1,230 plebes who took the oath of office at the Naval Academy in
Annapolis this week, 435 were members of minority
groups. It`s the most racially diverse class in the
nation`s 164-year history. Academy leaders say it`s a
top priority to build a student body that reflects the
racial makeup of the Navy and the nation."

Who can be against


What the Post
gets around to is that 22-year English professor Bruce

objects to a race-based admissions program
that was
apparently used to create a class that is 35 percent

According to Fleming, who once sat on the board of
admissions, white applicants must have all As and Bs and
test scores of at least 600 on the English and math
parts of the SAT even to qualify for a
"slate" of 10
applicants, from which only one will be chosen.

However, if you check a box indicating you are
African-American, Hispanic, Native American or Asian,
writes Fleming,
"SAT scores to the mid 500s with quite a few Cs in
classes … typically produces a vote of `qualified` …
with direct admission to Annapolis. They`re in and given
a pro forma nomination to make it legit."
[Guest Column: The cost of a diverse Naval

If true, the U.S. Naval Academy is running a two-tier
admissions system of the kind that kept

Jennifer Gratz
out of the

University of Michigan
and was

declared unconstitutional
by the Supreme Court.

"Minority applicants with scores and grades down to the 300s and Cs and
Ds also come, though after a year at our

remedial school,

Naval Academy
Preparatory School."

If true, this is a national disgrace. It would
represent a U.S. Naval Academy policy of systematic race
discrimination, every year, against hundreds of white
kids who worked and studied their entire lives for the
honor of being appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy and
becoming career officers in the Navy or Marine Corps.

If true, what Annapolis has done and is doing is
worse—because it is premeditated and programmed
racism—than the cowardly act of the New Haven city
government in denying

Frank Ricci
and the

white firefighters
the promotions they had won in a
competitive exam. At least New Haven could say it acted
out of fear of being sued.

Yet, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead and
the Superintendent of the Naval Academy Vice Adm. Jerry
Fowler seem quite proud of what they are doing.

Fleming quotes the CNO as saying that
"diversity is the number one priority" at the academy. Fowler says
he wants Annapolis graduates who
" the fleet, where 42 percent of
enlisted personnel
are nonwhite.

The diversity midshipmen, says Fleming, who teaches
them, are over-represented in
lower track courses, mandatory tutoring programs and
less-challenging majors. Many struggle to master basic

Thus, though unqualified for college work, these
students will be operating the most sophisticated and
complex weapons systems ever built — aircraft carriers,
Aegis cruisers, nuclear submarines.

"First of all,
we`re dumbing-down the Naval Academy,"
Fleming. "Second
of all, we`re dumbing-down the officer corps."

Supporting Fleming`s claim, 22 percent of incoming
plebes in 2009 had SAT scores in math below 600,
compared to 12 percent in 2008.

If the facts are as Fleming states — the academy is
accepting dumber and dumber students to get its racial
composition right — who can deny that the price of
diversity is deliberate acceptance of a less able and
competent United States Navy?

"Diversity is
our number one priority,"
Roughhead is quoted. Can
one imagine

Adm. Chester Nimitz

"Bull" Halsey
making an insipid statement like that? Can one
imagine what Adm. David
the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!
would have thought of such a policy?

Whatever happened to the

Hyman Rickover-Jimmy Carter
motto for the Naval
Academy and U.S. Navy:
"Why Not the

Consider. If hundreds of black and Hispanic kids who
applied to the academy had been rejected though they had
higher grades and SAT scores than those admitted, this
story would not have been in the Metro section of the
Post. It would
have been bannered on page one. And Roughead and Fowler
would be explaining to a congressional committee why
they should not be relieved of their commands.

Fleming, who still teaches at Annapolis, and has
likely had some unpleasant moments since he blew the
whistle on his superiors, has shown considerable moral

Hopefully, Congress will show the same moxy and
investigate this outrage.

Hopefully, some of those white kids, cheated out of
their life`s dream of attending the Naval Academy—while
less qualified kids were admitted—will sue the academy,
just like

Frank Ricci
and those

gutsy firefighters
sued the

city of New Haven.



Patrick J. Buchanan


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