About a year ago, Private Danny Chen of the United States Army committed suicide. His higher ups and peers used his race to single him out–calling him racial slurs, throwing rocks at him, and forcing him to shout orders to his “American” platoon in Chinese. Some felt that this racialized hazing was uncalled for and something should have been done before he killed himself (myself included). Others felt that if Chin wanted to be in the Army that badly, he should have toughened up.
Now seven of the eight soldiers involved in his case have been sentenced. The staff sergeant (who gave the orders to haze Chin) and sergeant (who did nothing to stop the hazing) involved have both been sentenced to 60 days of hard labor, minus 45 for days already served and a reduction in rank.