Military Spouses Across The US Organize And March To Support Black Lives Matter
Spouses of those in the armed forces have taken to the streets hand-in-hand with protesters to demonstrate against police brutality and support Black Lives Matter, according to a CNN report.
CNN interviewed 11 spouses, both men and women, who were Black, white, and Hispanic.
An African American Navy spouse said she was “screaming at the TV” as she watched military police and law enforcement tear gas protesters to make way for a presidential photo-op last week.
The spouses spoke to CNN "on the condition of anonymity to protect their spouses' careers and the personal safety of their families."
All 11 spouses condemned the use of military force against protesters within the United States.
In light of hearing military helicopters overhead, the spouse of a Navy chopper pilot told CNN they thought, “That could be him. What would happen if he was asked to go as a service member to patrol against our fellow citizens?”
Many of the spouses protested over the weekend across the United States.
A marine spouse said, “Until we ensure racism and hate have no place in this country, we are disrespecting the countless men and women who have given their lives for the fundamental promise of liberty and justice for all.”
Though many military-connected Americans do not agree about racial injustice in the United States, those who recognize the gravity of the issue have felt empowered to speak up and educate others.
"Not everyone in the military thinks the same way and it's important to highlight that so the next generation ... doesn't believe they have to think one way," an Air Force spouse said.
A white Air Force spouse with biracial children reflected on the death of Trayvon Martin: "I've watched what my children have gone through growing up and it infuriated me. Trayvon Martin just shook me. My kids were around that age and wearing hoodies.”
Another white spouse said, “We are with them. I don't want them to ever think [military] families aren't there supporting them. They have more support than they think.”