Where Are The Black Cockpits?

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Where are the Black Cockpits? The United States roughly accommodates 4.5 percent of the world’s total population. Out of the 316.1 million people that live in the United States around 14.2 percent (44.9 million) of these people are deemed black or African-American. The United States has less than 1 percent (less than 3.16 million) of its total population in the military currently. In the United States Air Force there are 312,453 active duty military personnel with 14 percent (43,743) being black or African-American, but out of all the active duty there are 62,349 members with an officer rank according to the Air Force military demographics as of Sept 30, 2014. Out of those 62,349 officers, 13,303 are currently pilots; however, from the 13,303 pilots there are approximately 300 (around 2.2 percent) of them being black or African-American. Obviously, the question that begs to be asked is: why? Why are certain careers fields in the military, in this case aviation, disproportionate in their racial content? There are many political, sociological, and scholarly examples to answer this question. It can vary from those that look at social aspects for causation to those that blame the disparities that racism is still at hand contributing to the dearth of black aviators. But the one feature that appears to be common is the emphasis on the concern of race, because when debating the racial discrepancies in the military with regards to promotions, opportunities, and the like, it
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