Wait a minute…

I recall vividly when I settled, when I cemented, when I set in stone that I would be an ally. My direct supervisor, my reporting superior officer said to me, “Lieutenant, you should not be friends with or hang out with those black officers. It will hurt your military career. It is not what white officers do.”

When I replied, ‘wait a minute, that’s not right…’ he made an attempt to sabotage my young career. It was repulsive to watch such blatant white privilege.

Lt Gary Flanders with the 9th Infantry Division Race Relations/Equal Opportunity team, circa 1974

If you see something, say something: “Wait a minute, that ain’t right’.

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