Still, later that evening I went to Tarq’s office and asked him to demote Keiko. I argued appointing a Japanese woman as the second-in-command of the fleet wouldn’t sit well with most other pilots, given that the war had happened only three years ago and there were a lot of open wounds. I went out of my way to make it clear my request was for the good of the fleet and I had nothing personal against Keiko.
From behind his desk, Tarq gave me a level look and said, “MICI judges people not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
Did he just quote Martin Luther King?
“I’m not a racist, you idiot!” I shouted, dangerously close to foaming at the mouth.
He blew his pipe’s smoke to my face. “Keep telling yourself that. Request denied.”
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