BREAKING NEWS
CTNOW

Bennie G. Thompson

Racial Climate At Coast Guard Academy Faces New Scrutiny

Racial Climate At Coast Guard Academy Faces New Scrutiny

At the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, officers-in-training spend four years together at a riverside campus steeped in shared values of honor, respect and devotion to duty. Yet for all the uniformity, many say the experience can feel vastly different for some minority cadets compared with whites.

African-American cadets, in particular, have raised concerns about off-color jokes, disparities in discipline and the administration's handling of what some see as racial hostility. Episodes have included a white cadet playing the song "If the South Woulda Won" in a black cadet's room and an instructor's use of a racial slur to get cadets' attention for a presentation cracking down on...

72°