Fear, Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, Islamophobia

By | August 31, 2023

[August 31, 2023]  When I began this leadership blog almost ten years ago, I had a few friends write an occasional column.  Sadako Red, a pen name, became more popular because of his wit and penchant for getting into sticky situations and his nimble ability to extract himself from the most uncomfortable and dangerous situations.  And no one pushes Sadako Red around, especially not those who see themselves as morally superior to ordinary folks.  Sadako Red speaks his mind, and I like that about him.  One of his more famous articles is re-printed here for your reading pleasure.  I’m posting it because my wife has spent several days in the hospital, and I’m playing catchup with overdue housework and my blog.  Please enjoy today’s article titled Fear, Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, and Islamophobia.

By guest blogger Sadako Red [see disclaimer], article originally published January 2015

Who doesn’t like going to a good movie on a sunny Sunday afternoon?  I went with a good friend of mine, who retired recently as the COO of a large manufacturing company.  He’s also a U.S. Marine combat veteran from his time in Vietnam and suggested we see American Sniper directed by Clint Eastwood.  Who knew that upon leaving the theater we would be called a racist, sexist, homophobe.  The movie theater was packed with people and we vastly enjoyed the movie; perhaps that explains why I overlooked the sullen look on a few people standing outside in the parking lot.

 But, as luck would have it, in Washington D.C. a few nutcases would be there picketing the movie as “racist, sexist, homophobic, and Islamophobic.” Of course we were called names by a few hippie throwbacks just for seeing a movie.  Maybe they never heard of freedom of choice but that’s beside the point.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love confrontation.  I relish a great gentlemanly debate on the most serious of topics on foreign policy, military affairs, domestic security, race relations, etc.  Nothing makes me feel more alive than the chance to make a point; in particular to idiots who use fear as the core of their argument.  In our case, the nutcases wanted me (I assume all going there) to fear such public accusations.

Fear is exactly the tactic used by race baiters like the Reverend Al Sharpton and others who use that line of thought.  He recently called for an “emergency meeting” on why the Academy Awards failed to be sufficiently diverse when no black actors or directors were nominated.  He plans to discuss “potential actions” on the upcoming February 22nd award ceremony.  In other words, he is employing the fear tactic.  I rarely watch the annual awards presentations because I have no interest in fashion or stardom, but this year with Reverend Al involved, I’m marking my calendar.  It’s sure to be entertainment on the cheap and he’ll scare the piss out of the hypersensitive Hollywood crowd.

Fear is a powerful force.  In times when people lack the courage to stand up for what is right, fear is more effective than traditional forums of debate and scholarly discussions.  Using fear is however the refuge of evil and those who compound that immorality by acquiescence are just as guilty of wickedness as the one perpetuating it.  The Department of Defense is no exception.  Fear is used effectively to prevent people from speaking out; even when that would mean improved effectiveness and efficiency of our military forces.

As readers of my columns know, I believe strongly that race is not a factor in determining our actions – race is irrelevant.  Race doesn’t make us do anything.  Likewise, my gender (sex) and my sexual orientation does neither.  I have no fear of name calling even when it is by popular figures like the Reverend Al Sharpton.  I fear no man or woman who would accuse me of being a racist, sexist, homophobic, or Islamophobic.  I have no fear, not because it is untrue, but for a more important reason, because I know evil when I see it and can do something about it.  I will not be apologetic about imaginary transgressions of myself or others.

Apparently I’m in the minority of those without fear of such accusations and that is sad.


Please read my books:

  1. “55 Rules for a Good Life,” on Amazon (link here).
  2. “Our Longest Year in Iraq,” on Amazon (link here).
Author: Sadako Red

Author: Sadako Red Disclaimer: I chose the pen name Sadako Red in order to remove any notoriety reflecting on my other real job as a very senior executive in the Department of Defense. Naturally, my opinion is my opinion only and despite DoD wanting to associate with my fine work, they cannot have it. Trust me, they want it. Trust me, they can’t stand for it.

16 thoughts on “Fear, Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, Islamophobia

  1. Eddie Gilliam

    Great topic. Fear. What is the underlying problem for fear. It’s to me is precision. Which are preceded ideas of thought of our pass experience with a person, thing,ideal which drives one’s reaction to the person, thing or ideal. Getting to know a person, thing or ideal will give us a better understanding of what we are dealing with. Fear Factor is a show I loved watching. It address what the content was fearful of. FEAR is False Evidence Appears Real. We all had fear at one point in our life. Did you address it or did you let it become a barrier.

    1. Emma Archambeau

      Wendy, you’re right of course, but the reason is that somehow, and I’m not sure how, that Sadako Red hits something in me that says “wow, that makes sense.” And today’s story is a classic in that Red is exposing the liberal bias that is eating away at the minds of so many politicians and others with weak minds. We no longer train for strong minds but encourage weakness. Why is that any way? My family is the opposite, thank goodness.

  2. Dead Pool Guy

    Big fan here. Sadako Red is my personal favorite of all the guest authors Gen. Satterfield allows to write here. I’m sure that others are thinking the same.

  3. Yusaf from Texas

    Gen. Satterfield, you’ve surprised me again and happily so by having one of Sadako Red’s articles re-printed. Thanks for that. I hope that Red will again give us his two cents worth of moral blubbering exposure of the leftist libtards that are making our world a much worse place to be. They act like the tyrannical Egyptians in the Bible.

  4. Fred Weber

    Wow, another wonderful article from the great Sadako Red! 👍

    1. Gibbbie

      YES! Please continue giving us the wonderful words of Sadako Red. BTW, I have found that much of what Red has written (as I looked back over the years) actually pair up nicely with Gen. Satterfield’s latest book “55 rules for a good life” and that is a view so few have these days. No doubt that Red is a real hero because he stands for traditional moral values, the only kid of values proven to work, just like Gen. S. has written about in his book. 😉

  5. Army Vet

    Sadako Red, the best of the best to tell stories about racism and all the overblown ISMs that our society is getting a moral high on. It is truly wonderful to read another of his article. I was hoping that one day soon we could get RED to give us another fresh article and to get us on board to what he is doing these days. I know that his series on the City of Baltimore was spot on and many lauded his exposure of the cockroaches that run that “city.” Shinning a light on Baltimore had them running around trying to justify their mismanagement and malfeasance. It was fun watching. Today, Red tells a tell that we should all read.

  6. Tom Bushmaster

    RED is BAAAACCCKKKKKKKKKKKKK ……….. we love you Red.

      1. Idiot Savant

        Don’t ya just love it when Gen. Satterfield surprises us with another article from Sadako Red (his pen name, unknown real name). Such a wonderful time I’ve had with his past articles too. Gen. Satterfield, please see if you can get him to write another article. Thank you!

    1. Pooch T.

      Finally. We love Sadako Red and Gen. Satterfield knows it. I sure wish that we could get a fresh article from RED soon. My brain is starting to dry up from the lack of his humor. But at least I get to read one of this old favorites, the very one that really took off and got Red noticed. Thank you Red, for today’s article. Well done.


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