Addressing Coast Guard Academy Discrimination Concerns

September 5, 2017

I called a press conference in New London with NAACP and ACLU officials, local officials and others, to address discrimination concerns at the Coast Guard Academy (CGA), that were reported in a news story Sunday.

This is an important issue that must be addressed and I am calling on our Congressional delegation to get to the bottom of it as quickly as possible. We as people do our best when we are valued. And unfortunately, many cadets right now don’t feel valued and/or respected within the walls of the Coast Guard Academy. Every cadet that enters this institution from different walks of life, they get the same haircut, same indoctrination, and we tell them, you are now cadets who work as a team, and we try to give them the same leadership experience… but this latest story shows us, and what I hope really resonates with everyone, is that not every cadet has the same experience within these walls, that is unacceptable, and we need to fix that.

Here is a video with my remarks at the press conference:

I also would like to share the news story that appeared in The Day about this issue, as well as a couple of links from various media outlets that covered the press event: NBC 30 coverage, WFSB, Fox 61 and News 8 WTNH coverage.