In the aftermath of Charlottesville, leftists have returned to their favorite topic of racism, and which right-wing institution is to blame.
According to Huffington Post writer David Fagin, becoming a racist is an unfortunate side effect of serving in the U.S. military. His hypothesis is based on Vice News’ Elle Reeve’s reporting that she met a few Iraqi War veterans at the Unite the Right rally, as well as his own experience with a prejudiced uncle who would make off-color comments about minorities. Fagin’s uncle reportedly blames these comments on his 40 years with the NYPD.
“To think that even a small portion of them are returning from duty harboring feelings of such intense anger and disgust toward anyone who isn’t white, leads one to believe the military isn’t doing enough in the area of outreach, post-discharge.”
While he couldn’t provide any actual statistics to prove that his theory was correct, Fagin found someone to blame for this: President Trump.
“The utter failure by our so-called Commander-in-Chief to condemn these hate groups has prompted the leaders of our armed forces to do the unthinkable, to step out of rank with the president and speak out against it, themselves. And, while their action is commendable, the military needs to focus their attention on treating this new type of expression of their trauma, as, although returning from battle steadfast in the ‘Us vs. Them’ mentality is nothing new, taking a job as security guard for neo-nazis, is.”
It seems odd though that this liberal would find fault with Trump when President Obama failed to end the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, fix the Veterans Administration, or deal with the racism issue head on.
Facts be damned, institutions that provide order and Republican presidents are always to blame for advancing a condemnable world view, even when they aren’t.
Huffington Post Asks if Serving Your Country Makes You Racist
The Huffington Post published an op-ed mulling over whether serving in the American military makes soldiers racists.
The author notes that veterans of the Iraq-Afghan war were among the white nationalists who rioted in Charlottesville, Virginia, leaving one counter-protester dead. One Iraq-Afghan veteran was one of the rally leaders.
“To learn that these brave men and women over there return with a new-found hatred for those different from them, especially after their mission is one of liberation from those who kill and persecute anyone of different faiths/beliefs, is quite disturbing to say the least.”
Veterans groups roundly condemned the white nationalists’ actions.
We “represent the diversity of America and have stood together against our enemies overseas. And we will stand together now against intolerance, hatred and violence here now at home,” said Paul Rieckhoff, founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
“If there are any VVA members who harbor any of these bigoted ideologies, they are encouraged to turn in their membership cards,” said John Rowan, national president of Vietnam Veterans of America.
The Huffington Post piece condemned the “utter failure by our so-called Commander-in-Chief to condemn these hate groups.”
Because the armed forces encounter such horrific threats from foreigners they are “returning from duty harboring feelings of such intense anger and disgust toward anyone who isn’t white,” the author writes.
The author seems to blame PTSD in part for causing the “U. vs. Them” mentality, and says the veterans need more help than they are getting.
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