The U.S. Army is investigating a message sent to Army personnel that claimed “Make America Great Again” and celebrating Columbus Day are forms of “white supremacy.”
The message, sent by Chaney Pickard with the U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Center via an official government email address, includes a diagram showing a pyramid.
Near the top of the period are phrases and actions deemed “overt white supremacy,” including blackface, the n-word, and burning crosses.
Underneath are dozens of phrases and actions that are allegedly forms of “convert [sic] white supremacy,” including dressing as minorities for Halloween, “not challenging racist jokes,” calling the police on black people, saying “theres only one human race,” any policies deemed “anti-immigration,” and “English-only initiatives.”
Included is President Donald Trumps campaign slogan: “Make America Great Again.” Also included is celebrating Columbus Day, a holiday that celebrates explorer Christopher Columbus finding America.
The diagram was included in a message inviting Army members to listening sessions for a program called Project Inclusion, which aims to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion across the force.
The email also included five “must-read articles” for every leader, including one that claimed businesses in the United States “must take meaningful action against racism” and another that charges: “Your black colleagues may look like theyre okay—chances are theyre not.”
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) sent a letter to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy demanding an investigation into what he described as a direct violation of the Hatch Act.
“The Hatch Act prohibits federal government executive branch employees from engaging in defined, banned political activity,” Brooks said in a statement.
“ALL U.S. Army civilian and uniformed personnel who drafted, approved or sent this racist and politically partisan email, using government resources, should be prosecutRead More From Source