Legion National Commander Responds to NY Times

INDIANAPOLIS, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The leader of the
nation’s largest veterans service organization took a New York Times
editorialist to task for falsely linking recent brutal murders to a white
supremacist’s military service, which ended decades earlier.

In a letter published in today’s New York Times http://nyti.ms/1i4quWd

American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger said, “I condemn the
deplorable actions of Frazier Glenn Miller, charged with three killings in
Kansas. Veterans have taken an oath to defend America, not attack innocent
civilians.”

Dellinger’s letter was in response to an April 16 Opinion-Editorial titled
“Veterans and White Supremacy” by Kathleen Belew, a postdoctoral fellow in
history at Northwestern University.

“While I am glad that The New York Times published my letter, I am disappointed
that they saw fit to publish Ms. Belew’s poorly researched and agenda-driven
piece,” Dellinger said. “U.S. military veterans defeated the Nazis, liberated
concentration camps and ended slavery in America. Ms. Belew and the New York
Times should be above the slanderous stereotyping of the men and women that have
defended us against the racist ideology that Ms. Belew and the NY Times no doubt
oppose.”

In his letter, Dellinger pointed out that The American Legion passed a national
resolution in 1923, opposing the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups as
“un-American, a menace to our liberties, and destructive to our fundamental law.

“Mr. Miller is just one of more than 42 million veterans who have worn this
nation’s uniform during wartime since the American Revolution,” Dellinger
continued. “Using him and Timothy J. McVeigh as examples of radicalized
returning veterans is as unfair as using Osama bin Laden and Khalid Shaikh
Mohammed as typical Muslims.”

Media contacts: John Raughter, (317) 441-8847 /Marty Callaghan: 202-215-8644

SOURCE The American Legion

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