Coast Guard All Hands Message: Where I Stand

From: Allen, Thad Admiral
Sent: Friday, September 28, 2007 11:19 AM EST
To: All Hands
Subject: Where I Stand

To the Men and Women of the Coast Guard:

Many of you are aware of two recent racial incidents at the Coast Guard Academy, the first in which a noose was discovered in the personal belongings of a cadet aboard EAGLE. A few weeks later, a second one was found in the Academy Assistant Civil Rights Officer’s office.

This is a serious matter. The Coast Guard Investigative Service has launched a full criminal investigation to help identify anyone who may have been responsible, so that they may be held accountable. This type of racist conduct, like other forms of discrimination, runs counter to our Core Values and will not be tolerated. Nor will it ever go unchallenged.

The Coast Guard’s mission is to be a lifesaver and guardian. We help people when they need us most, and we protect and defend the Constitution. It is inconceivable to me to ignore that when it comes to our own people. It is contrary to our organizational ethos, core values, and what the public expects from us. I will not tolerate it, and you should not tolerate it.

I will be meeting with Academy cadets, faculty and staff next week to reiterate my personal commitment to the respectful treatment of all. I’m pleased that Congressman Elijah Cummings, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, will accompany my Director of Civil Rights, Ms. Terri Dickerson, and me to the Academy.

Admiral Thad Allen

Emphasis added
BZ Peter Stinson for first posting this.

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One Comment

  1. TJ says:

    TJC wonders why the Coast Guard was so quick to respond to one issue in which there was a clear cut act of discrimination, but in another case where there was an equally clear cut case they remained silent?

    However, Admiral Allen did go on CNN and discuss the Noose case even further. Again, we question why the Commandant of the Coast Guard didn’t apply the same logic to all cases of Civil Rights violations.