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Becoming a Racist: The Unfortunate Side Effect of Being American?

In the aftermath of Charlottesville, David Fagin published an opinion piece titled Becoming a Racist: The Unfortunate Side Effect of Serving Your Country? about a group of veterans that served as armed guards for Nazi protesters. Noting that this group of veterans claim their deployment experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan radicalized them towards racism and hate, Fagin quickly draws a link to the epidemic of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and a lack of support services on the part of our military and government, for spawning this ugly display. While I harbor no sympathy for Nazis, regardless of their service to our country, I do take issue with the conflation of military service and radical, alt-right ideology. Fagin points towards the most obvious elephant in the room, and in doing so absolves Americans of their responsibility to look inward and ask how we have arrived at this point in our society. Read more.

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