• Jack Weinstein

    Lieutenant General, United States Air Force (Ret.)

    Jack Weinstein is a Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies professor of the practice of international security and Lieutenant General, United States Air Force (Ret.). He can be reached at weinstej@bu.edu. Profile

  • Lauren LaBrique (Pardee’22)

    Lauren LaBrique (Pardee’22) Lauren LaBrique (Pardee’22) can be reached at labrique@bu.edu. Profile

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There are 2 comments on POV: It’s Time to Eradicate White Nationalists from the Military

  1. I wholeheartedly support any and all efforts to eradicate white nationalism within the military. As a citizen and veteran, I believe white nationalist, white supremacist, and racist ideologies are antithetical to American values, but using those terms synonymously is not conducive to a fruitful dialogue. Each of those ideologies poses a different level and nature of threat to the armed forces and the country in general. For example, I heard a white Airman in my unit say that he was happy to serve alongside and socialize with black troops, but that he would not allow his daughter to date a black man. Now, you and I can agree that that is racist and has white supremacist overtones, but it’s a far cry from actively participating in a group seeking to overthrow the government and create a white ethnostate. I remember issues of race being discussed in basic training, and our instructors said something to the effect of “Racism is in your head, and we’re not the thought police. But we do not tolerate racially motivated speech or actions, for which there will be consequences.” I also knew several airmen of various races who told me that serving alongside people of other races eradicated or at least softened the racist views they held prior to their service.

    Disqualifying or removing someone from military service for participation in any group which advocates violence against any people is a worthy goal, to include white nationalist groups. Beyond that, labeling groups as racist or white supremacist is not always cut-and-dry, especially considering how the definitions of those terms continue to evolve. Therefore, it’s crucial for distinctions to be made between these terms to the best of our abilities. Only then can real progress be made toward a military culture that reflects American values.

  2. Very narrow article and shallowly supported position with snapshot examples. The military is a big and a extremely diverse organization. Thus, to think that racist recruits don’t get through the vetting process is difficult. Just like BU may have the Same issue. The military is advancing, just like bu by implementing course corrections. Policy changes in a government system is not agile. Honestly I couldn’t finish the article. More facts and less opinionated narrative and I would of kept reading. I like your aspirations to change what is wrong . Be objective and look at the issue from all angles and you may find a well needed solution.

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