Roughly a quarter of polled active duty troops reported they’ve seen white nationalism while serving. Military Times researchers used a voluntary, confidential online survey which received of 1,131 responses from active-duty troops. About 76 percent were white, 8 percent Hispanic and 9 percent Black.
Nearly 42 percent of non-white troops who responded to the survey said they have personally experienced examples of white nationalism in the military, versus about 18 percent of white service members. 30 percent said they see it as a national threat, more than those who identified threats in Syria and Afghanistan. Read more about the study here.
The survey follows major development in America like the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia. And there continues to be reports of rallies and recruitment efforts for white nationalist groups. Locally, a group of white nationalists circulated flyers advocating to keep Pittsford white.
After the Charlottesville riot, which resulted in the death of Heather Heyer, American military leaders quickly condemned the violence.
Gen. Robert B. Neller is the Marine Corps commandant. He wrote on Twitter: “No place for racial hatred or extremism in @USMC. Our core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment frame the way Marines live and act.”
No place for racial hatred or extremism in @USMC. Our core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment frame the way Marines live and act.
— Robert B. Neller (@GenRobertNeller) August 15, 2017
President Donald Trump was criticized for his response to the riot. He blamed “both sides” and said some of the nationalists were being misjudged. They are actually good people. Jarrod Kuhn of Honeoye Falls was identified as one of the protestors in Charlottesville. He maintained that he was there to “preserve history” but said his family has been continuously threatened. He’s even stated his family is considering moving.
The study highlights a demographic often used to quell tense issues but never included in the discussion. The National Guard has helped de-segregate schools but also assisted city police beating back rioters. And the study wasn’t without it’s own criticism. According to Times, some respondents commented on the “one-sided nature” of the questions; there were no questions about Black Lives Matter. Some also stated that there is a difference between being a white nationalist and a racist.