e’ve read a lot this week about the structural racism that breeds people like Wade Michael Page, the white supremacist who killed 6 members of a Sikh temple in Wisconsin before being shot by police. The one missing elements in all these accounts was the correlation between Page’s white nationalism and military service. Not anymore.
Scholars David J. Leonard and C. Richard King do a standout job of explaining the nexus between the U.S. military and white supremacy, in their article “In the Army Still? White Supremacists & The American Military” for the blog NewBlackMan.
Page was discharged from the military with an “other than honorable discharge,” The New York Times reports. But Leonard and King cite a 2006 article from the Times saying that the U.S. military was tolerating people like him.
The Times article says: “Recruiters are knowingly allowing neo-Nazis and white supremacists to join the armed forces, and commanders don’t remove them from the military even after we positively identify them as extremists or gang members.”
Leonard and King add: