Marine Leader Orders Removal of Confederate Monuments

Marine Leader Orders Removal of Confederate Monuments February 28, 2020

The Commandant of the Marine Corps has ordered the removal of all Confederate monuments from bases around the world, a long overdue and very welcome move. This as the military continues to struggle with the number of white supremacists within its ranks.

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger has ordered all Confederate-related paraphernalia to be removed from Marine Corps installations, his spokesman confirmed on Wednesday.

A document showing the commandant’s decision appeared online on Wednesday, though it did not say when all of the Confederate-related paraphernalia needed to be removed by.

Berger’s spokesman confirmed to Task & Purpose that the commandant had sent a directive to his senior staff ordering all installations to get rid of symbols of the Confederate States of America…

The question of whether Confederate symbols represent heritage or hatred has been vexing for the U.S. military. In January 2016, the Marine Corps refused to allow a man with a large tattoo of a Confederate flag to enlist, yet 10 Army bases are still named for Confederate generals.

Heritage or hate is a false dichotomy. The heritage IS hate. My fear is that this will be another instance where Trump intervenes to reverse an order from military leaders. That would be entirely unsurprising.

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