White UK Soldiers Taken To Court: Two black paratroopers are suing the British Army on the grounds that they were subjected to racist abuse by their fellow troops while serving in the 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment, which is most known for its role in the Second World War campaign against the Nazi dictatorship in Europe.
According to The Telegraph, Lance Corporal Nkululeko Zulu and Private Hani Gue, both members of the regiment, also known as 3 Para, testified before an employment tribunal on Tuesday that they were subjected to racial slurs such as “black c–t” and “n—–” and that they were discriminated against at their place of employment.
They said that some of the troops defiled their faces (Zulu and Gue) with swastikas and Hitler mustaches and that others of the soldiers decorated their barracks with Nazi flags and photos of Adolf Hitler.
During their testimony before the tribunal, the two black paratroopers focused on what they described as a breathtaking encounter that occurred in 2017 while the unit was stationed in Kenya.
According to one of the complainants, Ugandan Private Gue, white soldiers at the time referred to local troops as “African animals,” “f—ing,” and “n—-rs,” among other derogatory terms. It was customary for troops to warn local children who came up to them for coins to “f–k go.” Despite this, senior officials did not consider such remarks to be inappropriate, he stated.
In October 2012, Gue left City University London, where he was studying criminology and sociology, to join the Army. He stated, “I was motivated by the parachute regiment’s history of battling the racist Nazi dictatorship during World War II, and I wanted to be a part of that.”
The Parachute Regiment was an honor for me, and I was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, A Company, where I began my career as a Light Machine Gunner in the summer of 2007.
The experiences of racial harassment and discrimination that I have had during my military career have caused me to believe that the Army is not the honorable institution that I had once believed it to be.
I recall seeing my colleagues utter racial insults such as ‘n—–‘ and ‘p—‘ on multiple occasions throughout the early stages of my professional career.
“This was frequently passed off as ‘banter,’ despite the fact that I felt it to be incredibly threatening and disrespectful as a non-white person,” he testified before the court.
At the aftermath of my time in A Company, I had a profound psychological influence, which led me to make the choice to alter my last name from Gue-Hassan to Gue.
Because Hassan is Muslim, I reasoned that continuing to be recognized by this name would render me more vulnerable to racial hatred.
He further said that when he and his unit were deployed to Kenya for Exercise Askari Storm in November 2017, they were told in the welcome brief that if they did not behave properly, they would be sent to prison and be infected with HIV.
The racial insults I experienced while participating in Exercise Askari Storm took my breath away.
The feelings of hurt and fury I was experiencing were shared by Mr. Zulu after I confided in him about them.
According to him, “he told me about the occasion when Sergeant Andy White described him as “a black c–t,” adding, “that the Army never seemed to take any action against this, which incensed me.”
Gue, who is currently suing the Army for racial harassment and discrimination, claims that he requested an early termination on January 18, 2018, after he returned to England from a deployment in Afghanistan. He claims that a photograph of him and his coworker, Zulu, was damaged just a few days after his termination was approved.
When I looked at the photos of myself and Mr. Zulu, I was startled to find swastikas, Hitler mustaches, and the words ‘f— off’ written on it.
Soldiers stationed in Kenya are frequently required to use “quite firm words” against beggars near the military base, according to a report in the UK newspaper the Morning Star. A lawyer for the ministry of defense, Simon Tibbitts, has argued that the claimants are “exaggerating” and that soldiers stationed in Kenya must use “quite firm words” against beggars near the military base on a regular basis.
“We believe that our employees should be able to work in an environment devoid of harassment, intimidation, and discrimination, and we take all complaints seriously.
According to The Telegraph, a representative from the Ministry of Defence stated that it would be inappropriate to comment on the matter while it was still in progress. The tribunal, which is scheduled to last nine more days, is still in session.
In the past, the 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment, which is now on active deployment in Afghanistan, had drawn great condemnation after it was claimed that they used an image of left-wing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as target practice for target practice.