April 30, 2014
An op-ed column published in The New York Times that linked American troops coming home from war and the growth in white supremacist groups drew sharp criticism from veterans groups.
Although writer Kathleen Belew stated in the piece that the “vast majority of veterans are neither violent nor mentally ill” and that those who turn violent are more likely to harm themselves than anyone else, veterans groups read the op-ed as an attack on military veterans.
American Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger described the op-ed as a “poorly researched and agenda-driven piece,” and that “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.”
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