LTG Thomas P. Bostick, USA (Ret)
Opinion by Thomas P. Bostick | Updated 10:50 AM ET, Fri July 10, 2020
Lt. Gen. (U.S. Army, retired) Thomas P. Bostick, a PhD and graduate of West Point, Stanford University and George Washington University, was Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the US Army Corps of Engineers (2012-2016). The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.
(CNN) With images of statues being torn down bombarding our screens, it's hard not to feel, as a minority myself, that America is failing to address the real problem of racism. As I grapple with the wider challenges that racism presents for our country, its national security and myself personally, I continue to be haunted by my memories of a young US Army enlisted soldier named Danny Chen.
He was the only child of first-generation Chinese Americans in New York City. He wanted to join the Army, but he needed parental permission as a 17-year-old. His parents disapproved. Chen had high test scores and received a full scholarship to attend college. In January 2011, at 18 years old, while still in college and against his mother's wishes, he enlisted in the Army as an infantryman.
By October 2011, at a forward operating base in Afghanistan, Pvt. Danny Chen lay dead...
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[EdNote. Our thanks to EC member LTC Jason Kuroiwa, USA (Ret) for sending this article to us. We also thank Jason for his editorial and other assistance to publish the e-Advocate.]