Military Showing Resistance to Turning on American Citizens

Servicemen and women push back on firing on their neighbors

Photo by Paul Becker (Wikipedia)
Ex-Defense Secretary Mattis condemns Trump as threat to constitution

Fighting Their Neighbors

Retired Brass Fight Back

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.

Defense Secretary Breaks With Trump Over Military Response To George Floyd Protests | NBC News

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

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store