WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy is working to ban the Confederate battle flag from all public areas on Navy installations, ships and plane, the service mentioned on Tuesday, because the navy and the nation as an entire grapple with questions on racial inequality.
FILE PHOTO: Navy Adm. Michael Gilday, chief of naval operations, arrives to testify to the Senate Armed Services Committee about navy housing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December three, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo
The Navy made the transfer amid protests throughout the United States and different nations sparked by the May 25 loss of life of George Floyd, an Africa-American man who died after a white policeman knelt on his neck for practically 9 minutes.
In an announcement, the Navy mentioned Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Gilday had directed his employees to start drafting an order that may prohibit the flag “from all public spaces and work areas aboard Navy installations, ships, aircraft and submarines.”
“The order is meant to ensure unit cohesion, preserve good order and discipline, and uphold the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment,” the assertion added.
Since Floyd’s loss of life, officers within the South – the place Africans have been enslaved till 1863 and suffered a long time of racial discrimination – at the moment are ordering the elimination of monuments honoring the Confederacy, which defended slavery.
While some within the South see the flag as a supply of delight and a remembrance of its troopers who died within the Civil War, many Americans see it as an emblem of oppression and of a darkish chapter in American historical past.
Amid the protests, the navy has been finishing up a mix of injury management and soul-searching on race.
The Navy’s transfer follows the Marine Corps ordering the elimination of the Confederate battle flag from all its installations, together with a ban on depicting the flag on mugs and automobile bumpers.
In a reversal, an Army official mentioned Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy was open to having a bipartisan dialog about renaming Army bases named for Confederate leaders. Fort Hood, Texas, for instance, is known as for General John Bell Hood.
Also on Tuesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed General Charles Brown as the primary African-American navy service chief, voting unanimously to make him chief of employees of the Air Force.
Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Chris Reese and Jonathan Oatis