Military Showing Resistance to Turning on American Citizens

Servicemen and women push back on firing on their neighbors

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Fighting Their Neighbors

Most servicemen and women expected they might see combat overseas when they joined up, but they didn’t think they were going to fight their neighbors. According to Malcolm Nance, a retired Navy non-commissioned officer and intelligence expert, the racial demographic of the military might also play a role in this. On “The Stephanie Miller Show,” he pointed out that almost half of the military consists of people of color.

Retired Brass Fight Back

And the rebellion is not just coming from the lower ranks, some high-ranking officers have also expressed their displeasure with Trump’s use of the military. Several retired officers have recently spoken out against Trump in the media.

And since the military is notorious for recruiting from poor neighborhoods, I’m sure many servicemen and women are familiar with police brutality and the issues Black Lives Matter and other protesters are fighting for. This point was made by Chief Master Sergeant of the Airforce Kaleth Wright, the top-ranking non-commissioned officer, who said he identified with George Floyd. “I am George Floyd…I am Philando Castile, I am Michael Brown, I am Alton Sterling, I am Tamir Rice,” said Wright in a tweet.

Gen (rtd.) James Mattis, who briefly served as Trump’s defense secretary, lashed out at the president in an Atlantic column that was picked up by several media outlets. As defense secretary, Mattis frequently countermanded Trump’s orders, like when he ordered the military to kill all of Syria’s leadership team.

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Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.

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