Congress Asked to Address Racism In Military

AP, July 10, 2009

One of the country’s main monitors of hate groups asked Congress Friday to investigate possible racial extremism in the military, after finding U.S. service members participating in a social networking site advertised as being for white people only.

Researchers from the Southern Poverty Law Center, based in Montgomery, Ala., identified about 40 personal profiles of people who list the military as their occupation on the Web site New Saxon, according to the group’s founder, Morris Dees.

The site, run by the Detroit-based National Socialist Movement, describes itself as an “online community for whites by whites.” {snip}

Examples that Dees cited from the Web page include:

{snip}

* One who said he was serving in Afghanistan lists as his favorite book, “The Turner Diaries.” The novel is a favorite of white supremacists.

“We urge your committees to investigate the threat posed by racial extremists who may be serving in the military to ensure that our armed forces are not inadvertently training future domestic terrorists,” Dees wrote in a letter addressed to four congressional committee chairmen.

Dees said existing Pentagon regulations that prohibit active participation in extremists groups should be strengthened further.

Pentagon: Current policy is adequate

Lt. Col. Les’ A. Melnyk, a Pentagon spokesman, said in an e-mail that current policy is believed to be sufficient. Under it, military personnel “must reject” participation in organizations that espouse supremacist causes.

{snip}

Jeff Schoep, commander of the National Socialist Movement, said there are members of the military who participate on the site, but not all are members of his organization. He could not say how many there are.

When violent material is found on the site, Schoep said, it is removed and the offender faces losing future privileges.

He said there are more “racialists” in the military now, but those who are members of his organization are advised not to recruit others.

“If they just mind their P’s and Q’s in there, and are good soldiers and do their jobs, then they have every right to be there just like anybody else,” Schoep said.

{snip}

Topics: ,

Share This

We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. If you log in with a social media account, your comment should appear immediately. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may comment as a guest, using a name and an e-mail address of convenience. Your comment will be moderated.

Comments are closed.