Target: United States Defense Department
Goal: Tell Defense Department to remove racists from the United States Military
Since the 1970s and possibly earlier, hate groups have infiltrated the United States Military by joining its ranks solely to learn how to fight and train their group members to do the same. But these neo-Nazis and racists do not seek to fight just anyone – they gain military training to prepare for what they believe will be an upcoming “race war” where white supremacist fighters will emerge victorious.
To remove any doubt concerning the reality of this seemingly fictional horror story, incidents have now occurred that illustrate the very real dangers of allowing white supremacist hate groups to gain military training for their own violent purposes. Infamous gunman Wade Michael Page, who recently opened fire inside a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, was known to be a member of a hate group and was also found to have enlisted in the Army in 1992 just before joining the neo-Nazi movement. He illustrates the kind of behavior resulting from years of racist indoctrination. Former Marine, T.J. Leydon, also confessed to having been a supporter of neo-Nazi causes in the past. “I went into the Marine Corps for one specific reason: I would learn how shoot…I took all my military skills and said I could use these to train other people,” said Leydon, who has now rejected the supremacist movement and works for the anti-Nazi Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Civil rights groups are also taking this issue very seriously because it has resulted in actualized violence spurred from ideological hatred. In order to stop these groups from furthering their violent agenda, those that espouse racist views in the military should be discharged and barred from re-enlistment. Still, many are not so much as admonished. Military leaders frequently turn their backs on soldiers that exhibit obvious signs of racism. In one case, a commander allowed a soldier to hang a swastika from his locker, asking him to remove it only for inspections. This soldier was affiliated with the Hammerskin Nation, a white supremacist hate group, and the army did nothing to oppose his behavior. To use the military to gain skills for alternative, and racist, purposes is unacceptable. However shocking it may seem, groups such as these truly believe that the white race is superior to all others and are preparing to take violent actions against those whom they deem inferior. Their actions have already taken lives and threatened the welfare of millions. This should not be tolerated.
While the United States Defense Department has increased efforts to remove racists from its ranks, it is important to let them know that many Americans oppose the presence of hate groups in the military. Pledge your name to request that all racists be removed and banned. A white power movement has no place in today’s society and no place in this country’s military.
Dear United States Defense Department,
Thank you for all that you do to protect our country and maintain the welfare of American citizens. I commend your efforts to combat racism in today’s military, but I also wish to voice the importance of barring racists from participating in training and combat. Recently, members of white supremacist hate groups have attacked minority groups and killed many solely because of their race. This is abominable and atrocious behavior. Taking preventative precautions against racism in today’s military is the best method of action.
Because theses hate groups thrive on violence, they use the training they receive from the military to pass on to members of their hate groups. This transfer of skill, power, and ideology results in the kind of preventable killings we have witnessed recently. Stop this chain of violence at once by removing and banning all confessing racists in the military.
[Your Name Here]
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