A GOP Senate candidate claims that the military has been ‘colorblind’ for ‘almost 200 years,’ but the armed services were desegregated in 1948

Sean Parnell
Pennsylvania GOP Senate candidate Sean Parnell.

  • Senate candidate Sean Parnell said that the military has been “colorblind” for “almost 200 years.”
  • The military was not formally desegregated until President Harry Truman issued an executive order in 1948.
  • On Fox News, Parnell railed against critical race theory, blasting it as a divisive discipline.
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For generations, millions of US soldiers have fought valiantly for the country, hoping to defend democratic freedoms across the world.

However, for much of the early 20th Century, the military was racially segregated, with its formal integration put into place by President Harry Truman in 1948.

During Friday’s episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News, Sean Parnell, a veteran and GOP candidate for the 2022 Pennsylvania US Senate race, had an intense discussion with host Tucker Carlson about comments made by Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, related to critical race theory.

At a Wednesday congressional hearing, Milley rejected the notion that reading about different ideologies or disciplines means that one endorses those viewpoints.

Critical race theorists have examined how America’s history of racism continue to reverberate through laws and policies that exist today.

“I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military, our general officers, our commissioned or non-commissioned officers of being, quote, woke or something else because we’re studying the same theories that are out there,” he said at the time.

He added: “I do think it’s important, actually, for those of us in uniform to be open minded and be widely read.”

Carlson opined on the issue (starting at 3:25 in the video below), expressing that “from the outside in, the US military seems like by far the least racist institution in American life” and “has been for many decades.”

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Parnell was animated in his response to Carlson.

“It’s absolutely true,” he said. “We have been a colorblind culture in the United States military for almost 200 years. We’ve gotten a lot of things right. Keep your politics and your social experiments out of our military, and let us focus on what we were always intended to do – protecting the United States of America and winning wars.”

In 1948, Truman signed Executive Order 9981, which mandated that “there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion or national origin.”

However, even in the early 1960s, Black soldiers continued to grapple with discrimination in the military, especially off base, according to a New York Times report.

Douglas Bristol, a history professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, told The Times that changes were “a very gradual thing.”

“Most bases are in the South,” he said. “You can train year round. The congressmen there get re-elected forever, so they have tremendous clout. And in the South, segregation is the law.”

The problems were so pervasive that in 1962 then-President John F. Kennedy summoned a President’s Committee on Equal Opportunity in the Armed Forces, also referred to as the Gesell Committee, to correct policies and deficiencies that continued to perpetuate racial discrimination.

Bristol told The Times that in the years since the turbulent 1960s, the military has become a leader on issues of equity.

“The commanders who were supporters of segregation, there’s just no place for them anymore,” he said.

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John F. Kennedy’s former Washington, DC, home just sold for $4.2 million. Look inside the 220-year-old brick house with a private rooftop terrace.

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An unknown buyer has just picked up a piece of history: the onetime Washington, DC home of President John F. Kennedy.

Listed for $4,675,000 back in February, the three-bedroom Georgetown house where Kennedy lived for three years just sold for $42 million, Mansion Global reports.

Before he was president, Kennedy lived in the house from 1949 to 1951 while serving in the House of Representatives for Massachusetts’ 11th congressional district. According to The Washingtonian, he shared the home with his sister, Eunice. 

The Federal-style brick house was built around 1800 and was recently renovated by architect Richard Foster and builder Tom Glass, according to the listing. It comes with an attached garage and a private rooftop terrace with views of the Washington Monument. It sits in the historic neighborhood of Georgetown, where the median listing price today is nearly $1.4 million.

Christie-Anne Weiss and Christopher Ritzert of TTR Sotheby’s international Realty held the listing.

Take a look inside the home.

John F. Kennedy’s onetime Washington, DC home is a Federal-style house built in 1800. It just sold to an unidentified buyer for $4.2 million.

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It was put on the market in February for $4,675,000.

According to Zillow, it last sold in 2008 — also for $4.2 million.

Kennedy lived in the home for three years before he was president, from 1949 to 1951.

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At the time, he was serving in the House of Representatives for Massachusetts’ 11th congressional district.

According to The Washingtonian, he shared the home with his sister, Eunice. 

The three-bedroom house sits in Georgetown, a historic neighborhood west of downtown that’s full of cobblestoned streets and charming boutiques.

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View of Georgetown neighborhood.

The median listing price in Georgetown is nearly $1.4 million, according to Zillow.

Although the original structure was built about 220 years ago, the home recently underwent extensive renovations by architect Richard Foster and builder Tom Glass.

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Because Georgetown is a historic district, the renovations had to adhere to strict guidelines and maintain historical accuracy in the home, according to Inman.

But there’s no shortage of modern touches. The gourmet kitchen features stainless steel appliances and a large island.

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Source: TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

The kitchen also includes a breakfast bar and a butler’s pantry.

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breakfast bar and butlers pantry

Source: TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

The formal dining room has a fireplace and opens up to a terrace.

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grand formal dining with fireplace

Source: TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

The terrace has plenty of space for entertaining and al fresco dining.

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Source: TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

The spacious formal dining room also has a fireplace.

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Source: TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

A wood-paneled library includes an attached powder room, a fireplace, and a wet bar.

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library with powder room fireplace

Source: TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

On the master level is the bedroom with an en suite bathroom and access to the terrace.

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master level w/ en suite bath and terrace access

Source: TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

The master bedroom also includes yet another fireplace.

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master bed w/ fireplace

Source: TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

The master bathroom features a large soaking tub, a rain shower, and heated floors.

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soaking tub and rain shower

Source: TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

There’s another private terrace on the rooftop …

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private owners terrace

Source: TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

… which boasts panoramic views of the city and the Washington Monument.

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panoramic monument views

Source: TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

An attached garage offers ample storage space.

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garage parking with storage

The property taxes on the home would be about $3,325 per month, according to Zillow’s estimate.

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