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Coast Guard Academy Mishandled Racial Harassment Allegations, Report Finds

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Steven Senne
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AP

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, failed to properly handle allegations of racial harassment. That’s the finding in a report from the Department of Homeland Security.

The department’s inspector general investigated complaints that said cadets used racial slurs, posed with a Confederate flag and watched a blackface video. The investigation began in 2018.

The report said the academy’s leadership didn’t take the complaints seriously. It said cadets are still being harassed at the academy and they’re underreporting it, in part because they’re afraid of reprisal.

The Coast Guard Academy says it accepts the report and is committed to improving its policies and procedures.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.
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