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IREHR in the Texas Standard: “An investigation of a San Diego Marine is raising questions about the military’s extremism policy” – March 24, 2022

By March 24, 2022May 4th, 2023No Comments2 min read

Devin Burghart, executive director of the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights was quoted in the Texas Standard;


“What they didn’t do, however, is add a prohibition of membership in white nationalist organizations. Those changes are wholly insufficient to address the problem.”

“The act of joining an organization and making that leap to become a member is already a sign that you’re deeply enmeshed inside that organization’s ranks. It also means that you may be participating in other parts of the organization.”

“Whereas with white nationalist activity, it is far less clear. Service members will tell you that not only is it unclear as to what falls in and out of those categories, but it also means that the ability to report that and how that is handled is also quite murky, and that makes it challenging to maintain the kind of discipline and morality you need inside these units.”

“Reservists take the same oath that everyone in the military takes and they have an obligation to serve and protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. And that is to do so for everyone, not just for white folks, but for everyone.”

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Laura Gibbons

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Laura Gibbons is an IREHR research associate.

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