A new Op-Ed by the NY Times editorial board is titled “Why Does the U.S. Military Celebrate White Supremacy?”
The piece calls for the U.S. to rename “bases for American heroes — not racist traitors” and calls for the names of bases named for confederate officers to be renamed.
The last few years, there have been escalating attempts from Democrats to remove historic confederate statues and monuments, such as statues of General Robert E. Lee.
The image of the NY Times piece appears to be a KKK hood shaped as a bullet.
From the NY Times piece “”Why Does the U.S. Military Celebrate White Supremacy?””
The white supremacist who murdered nine black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., five years ago dispensed with the fiction that the Confederate battle flag was an innocuous symbol of “Southern pride.” A murderer’s manifesto describing the killings as the start of a race war — combined with photos of the killer brandishing a pistol and a rebel flag — made it impossible to ignore the connection between Confederate ideology and a blood-drenched tradition of racial terrorism that dates back to the mid-19th century in the American South.
This same toxic legacy clings to the 10 United States military installations across the South that were named for Confederate Army officers during the first half of the 20th century. Apologists often describe the names as a necessary gesture of reconciliation in the wake of the Civil War. In truth, the namings reflect a federal embrace of white supremacy that found its most poisonous expression in military installations where black servicemen were deliberately placed under the command of white Southerners — who were said to better “understand” Negroes — and confined to substandard housing, segregated transportation systems and even “colored only” seating in movie houses.
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