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Race Riots in the Navy

Last week, I wrote about my first immersion into cultural awareness. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was to go through many more seminars with the same black chief petty officer facilitating the discussions as a result of race riots on at least two Navy ships.

I joined the service in February 1972. By the time I got out of boot camp, graduated from Class “A” (job training) School and arrived at my ship in December, the riots were over, but they had a direct impact on my career, and they still impact my thinking.

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