Hello to our readers, rebels, and free-thinkers! If you’ve ever felt like you’re in the twilight zone when you watch some politicians speak, you’re not alone. The latest mind-bender comes from Sen. Tommy Tuberville, the Republican from Alabama. In a fiery tête-à-tête with CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, Tuberville shared a unique perspective, stating that it’s merely “some people’s opinion” that white nationalists harbor racist beliefs.
That’s right, folks – according to Tuberville, white nationalists have as much right to serve in the US military as anyone else… unless they’re racist. Now, how one draws the line between a “non-racist” white nationalist and a racist one is anybody’s guess, because Tuberville sure didn’t clarify.
In his own words, “My opinion of a white nationalist—if somebody wants to call them white nationalist—to me is an American,” says Tuberville. He further adds that if a white nationalist is a racist, he’s against them. But he’s all in favor of anyone who’s strong, believes in the country, and will fight alongside anyone.
Let’s set the record straight here. The US military has a disturbing history of white supremacists in its ranks. The Military Times survey in 2019 revealed that almost one-third of active-duty troops had witnessed instances of white nationalism or ideology-driven racism within the ranks. Talk about a stark reality!
And if you’re thinking this issue has lost its relevance, think again. The horrifying Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol that involved military veterans triggered the government to revisit its personnel policies and make strides against extremism. Last year, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin even initiated a working group to fight extremism in the military.
But Tuberville has been all too quick to criticize these moves. In a radio interview with WBHM, he claimed these efforts were undermining the military’s recruitment and readiness. According to him, the Democrats are attacking the military by pushing to oust white extremists and nationalists who don’t align with their agenda, thereby “destroying” the institution.
Here’s the problem with Tuberville’s perspective – his understanding of “white nationalism” is woefully misguided. The Southern Poverty Law Center defines white nationalist groups as those advocating white supremacist or white separatist ideologies, often emphasizing the supposed inferiority of non-white individuals. Their ultimate goal? A “white ethnostate.”
So, the idea of a “non-racist” white nationalist is about as realistic as finding a unicorn in your backyard. Yet, this is a fact that Tuberville seems to have a hard time accepting, as evidenced during his CNN appearance.
In an era where we should strive for unity and equality, such viewpoints are not just baffling but dangerous. The idea of a “non-racist” white nationalist undermines the very concept of equality and sows further division. Remember, folks, ignorance of a problem doesn’t make it disappear; it just makes solving it that much harder.