A U.S. Space Force officer recently relieved of his command in Colorado, after publishing a book sounding the alarm over what he sees as encroaching Marxism in the U.S. military, talked Thursday about the difference between “equality” and the left’s push of “equity.”
In an interview with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, who emphasized he was giving his own opinion and was not speaking on behalf of the Pentagon, said he did not believe, at this point, “that any of our institutions are immune” from the equity concept.
“I know the definition of equity,” he said, adding that it “is important” for all Americans “to understand the difference between equity and equality.”
“One of them is good, and the ideal … we tend to confuse the equality of opportunity, which is an ideal part of philosophies, with equity. It’s a new term, it’s used wittingly, which essentially means enforced outcomes or enforced inequality,” Lohmeier said.
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The Space Force commander, former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, and flight instructor went on to say that the Marxist ideals he has seen creeping into the Defense Department are making significant inroads in various institutions around the country, setting the stage for challenges to them on the grounds that they are “potentially illegally discriminatory policy.”
“Equity is not good as it is defined, but it sounds good, that’s why we use the word,” he said.
To introduce the segment, Carlson played a video clip of a new NASA promotional ad in which various astronauts discuss the service’s “mission of equity,” and Lohmeier went on to respond to it.
“NASA has historically been — I think — a symbol of inclusion and equal opportunity,” Lohmeier said. “NASA is the kind of organization that people can look at, and understands that regardless of your background, you are able to show up here just like in the Defense Department, and rise up…and have an opportunity to make a name for yourself, to rise to leadership, and to do important things for the country.”
“Because there’s a unifying mission that these institutions believe in, whether it’s space exploration in the case of NASA or defending our country and our allies from serious threats that we have in the world, people in uniform, for example, rally around that mission, and have historically not been caught up in the kind of identity politicking that you’re talking about,” he added.
Continuing, Lohmeier, who was ousted as commander of the 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado, said he would caution U.S. military leaders to “think very carefully about whether or not they want to inject tribalism” into a long-trusted, long-integrated institution that has avoided the problem thus far.
“Do we really want to walk the road that will cause us to abandon” the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s colorblind society and start “once again to judge people by the color of their skin?” he asked.
“Impugning guilt to other groups of people based on their group identity, not because of anything they’ve ever done necessarily themselves, but based on who they are accidentally, even. That’s a good definition of racism,” he added.