Another problem with bigotry
It's economically inefficient:
During World War II ... The Army needed warm bodies to throw at a dubious boondoggle that they hoped would make supplying China easier, and so they sent battalions full of black troops who had been drafted — but who weren't allowed to fight or do much else — to build a road. Think about that. The Army conscripted men who were doctors and mechanics and engineers in their civilian lives, but because of its policies, couldn't find much use for them in wartime besides having them crush rocks in the jungle. There are all manner of compelling moral and ethical arguments against codifying inequality, but there are obvious practical ones as well: institutions that do so are wasteful and inefficient.
Future generations are going to think it mighty strange that we fought wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan with a volunteer military, stretching it so badly we had to put stop-loss orders into effect, and yet we left don't-ask-don't-tell in place.
For more on the World War II story, read “Now the Hell Will Start” by Brendan Koerner.
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